In What Ways Can You Compare Blanche Dubois and Nora Helmer

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In What Ways Can you Compare and Contrast
Blanche DuBois and Nora Helmer?

Both Blanche DuBois and Nora Helmer are main characters in the two plays A Streetcar Named Desire and A Dolls House. You can compare and contrast the two characters because they do have a lot in common, however, they do appear extremely different at first. A major difference which can be seen straight away is that the two women are living in two different eras; Nora in 1879 and Blanche in 1947. Both characters are introduced immediately to their respective audiences. Williams introduces Blanche in a long piece of stage directions, describing her appearance to every last detail, whereas with Nora, we find out about her appearance throughout the play. The characters appearances and style are very different. Nora is portrayed at first as a housewife, who dresses smartly, but nothing out of the ordinary for either her time or place. However, Blanche stands out from the environment that she has just entered.
Her appearance is incongruous to this setting. She is daintily dressed in a white suit with a fluffy bodice, necklace and earrings of pearl, white gloves and a hat as if she were arriving at a tea or cocktail party in the garden district.
This appearance uncanny for the location which she has just turned up in which is a working class town. It is as if Blanche is out to impress, and that she is obviously worried about what people may think of her. Whereas Nora in A Dolls House does not have to impress everyone as most of the time she is ‘tied up’ in her home by her husband Torvald. Blanche is portrayed as upper class, however this is not totally the case, her façade seems to be of this class, however, she is slipping down the social scale, from being an upper class plantation owner, to lowering her self to living in a working class area. This is the opposite of Nora, as her class is permanent; she is a comfortable middle class and is happy with this, as she has the full monetary support of

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