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    1. In terms of casting for Stella Kowalski, the actress would have to be young and gentle looking. She would also most likely be of average beauty. In the play Stella is described as, “…a gentle young woman, about twenty-five, and of a background obviously quite different from her husband” (1778). This meaning that her husband is rough looking while Stella is delicate and small. Another example of Stella being slightly delicate is how Blanche refers to her. Blanche calls her a “precious lamb” (1781). Even though the name is endearing, it is a term most commonly used when speaking to small children or to babies as a lamb is very small and very delicate. The actress would also have to have a “radiant smile” (1784). So the actress would need to be young, gentle looking and is delicate in figure and in the way…

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    Blanche Dubois vs. Stella Kowalski A Streetcar Named Desire is an old American play that was published in 1947. It was written by an intelligent American playwright named Tennessee Williams. He is a well-respected writer, who wrote this play by using lyrical language. He uses this technique to carefully structure his characters’ emotions and actions. Most of his characters are realistic because of their way of thinking, lifestyle, and values. Two main characters that play a major part in A…

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    From a feminist's point of view, domestic abuse should not happen at any cost, not to anyone. In scene 10, the climax of the play we see drunk Stanley who has absolutely no control over himself raping Blanche. Even after Blanche tells Stella that Stanley raped him she refuses to believe that Stanley can do such a horrible thing, and she still lives with Stanley as she is dependent on him and has nowhere else to go. Another example of domestic abuse is from Scene three when Stanley gets drunk and…

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    Blanche is the main protagonist of A Streetcar Named Desire. She has a quite complex character which consists of stark contraries. She is dreamy and refined, educated and naive, childish and calculating, self-confident and shy, or angelic pure and immoral at the same time (Poppe 60). She grows up in a sheltered atmosphere with her sister, Stella, at the plantation Belle Reve. The name "Belle Reve" means "beautiful dream" in French and represented a wealthy and beautiful manor at that time. With…

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    Blanche’s relationship with bright light reveals the most about the complexity that subsists beneath her vanity. Blanche associates bright light with both love and awakening: she describes falling in love as “suddenly turn[ing] a blinding light on something that had always been half in shadow” (Williams 67). However, it also reveals the harshness of reality and she dims the lighting (with the paper lantern) to maintain an illusion of “magic” and present “what ought to be truth” (Williams 84).…

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    In A Streetcar Named Desire, Stanley is extremely violent and vulgar to not only, his wife, Stella, but her sister Blanche. He will yell and physically abuse Stella when she talks back to him. When Blanche and Stanley have verbal tension Stanley rapes Blanche. Stanley feels the need to have dominance over the women in his life because he feels he is superior to them and that they are at his service constantly. In A Doll’s House, Torvald treats his wife, Nora, like a child because he thinks that…

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    Blanche Dubois Flaws

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    In A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, it is apparent that external flaws result from unresolved internal issues. This is especially apparent in the character, Blanche DuBois and can be observed further in scene six when Blanche tells Mitch, the man she has been seeing lately, about her late husband, Allan Grey, who committed suicide and the about last tune she heard while her husband was still alive, the Varsouviana, which haunts her. This tragic event resulted in Blanche’s…

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    pretty ordinary, fairly normal, and maybe even a little common. Stanley Kowalski, from Tennessee William’s A Streetcar Named Desire, certainly considers himself common, a fact he is both proud and ashamed of. He lives in a rougher city, where love is not always well understood. When his wife’s sister, Blanche, lives in his house for a while, Stanley is outraged and wants her gone, as she is everything he is not. Throughout the play, Stanley seems to dominate the scene with his loud presence.…

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    hollers again, this time for her to catch a piece of meat that she was not quite ready for. Thankfully, Stella is able to catch it as Stanely prepares to leave without another word. “Stanley! Where are you going,” she calls after him (1.6). His is answer is that he is going bowling; he did not even think to discuss these plans with her first. At first glance, this opening scene seems innocence and possibly even a little fun as the audience views some light-hearted interaction between a husband…

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    Blanche Dubois enters the lives of Stanley and Stella Kowalski when she arrives at their apartment at Elysian Fields. The beautiful and cultured Blanche clashes with the primitive Stanley. However, unlike the cultured Blanche first seen, the real Blanche is penniless and has a history with many men. When Stanley reveals Blanche’s impure past to everybody, Blanche struggles to continue and ends up in a mental facility. The deterioration of Blanche’s character is a result of her attempts to…

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