A Streetcar Named Desire Conflict Essay

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There is a fine line between toleration and building conflict; a line that is compromised in Tennessee Williams’ play, A Streetcar Named Desire. A Streetcar Named Desire is and intricate play that deals with the lives of three characters: Stanley, Stella, and Blanche. Blanche, Stella’s sister and a belle of the south, arrives to New Orleans after losing her family property and her job. She decides to move in with her sister and finds her living in a disorganized and troubled environment with her brutish husband, Stanley. The tension between Stanley and Blanche spiral to an unpleasant ending. In Tennessee Williams’ play, the differences between Stanley and Blanche stir tension between each other as they fight over Stella by bringing afloat…show more content…
Blanche Dubois was raised Belle Reve a plantation in Laurel. Blanche’s “appearance is incongruous” to [the] setting [she just arrived, Elysian Fields]. She is daintily dressed in a white suit with a fluffy bodice, necklace and earrings of pearl, white gloves and hat, looking as if she were arriving at a summer tea or cocktail party in the garden district.” (Williams, 3) This description tells the reader that Blanche comes from a rich background and is very delicate and fragile given that “her delicate beauty must avoid a strong light”(Williams, 3). Later on we are shown how Blanche “self absorbed by materialistic things” (The Twin City Players) and is always looking to be the center of attention by her looks. She owns “feathers and furs [to] preen herself in…a solid gold dress…fur pieces…(Williams, 6).” Blanche is also the type of person that has to be told she is beautiful, showing her pretentious side - in the play, Stella points out that Stanley has to “ admire her dress and tell her she’s looking wonderful [because] that’s important with Blanche.”(Williams, 24 -25). According to Stella, it is “her little weakness.” The idea that she needs praise shows how “Blanche depends on male sexual admiration for her sense of self-esteem” (The Twin City Players). Meanwhile, Stanley Kowalsky, is “roughly

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