Blanche vs. Stanley

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In the play A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, the setting takes place in the French Quarter of New Orleans shortly after World War Two. Blanche DuBois is a very fragile and an irrational woman on a desperate mission for someplace in the world to call her own and make a new name for herself. On the other hand, Stanley Kowalski is a Polish man who is extremely hard headed and controlling. He represents a theme of realism by showing that he is irresistible to his passive wife Stella. This play centers on the conflict between Blanche and Stanley and how Stanley feels the need to take advantage of Blanche in the end in order to gain control. Williams displays how both of their worldviews and values collide throughout the play and how they develop.

Violence and sex seem to be expressed throughout the majority of this play. Especially towards Blanche and her conniving ways. Blanche’s sister Stella often has to remind Blanche of how charming her husband Stanley is, however, Blanche doesn’t buy it for one second. Blanche is clearly a lot less realistic compared to Stanley since she pretty much lives with fake ideas and false perceptions which ultimately bring her to her downfall. The conflict begins to stir up when Blanche arrives at her sister’s household and Stanley’s authority over his home is questioned. Since he is used to being in charge and in control, he feels as if he is losing that authority as soon as Blanche invades their household.
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