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AS and A Level: Tennessee Williams

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    To what extent can Blanche Dubois be considered a tragic hero?

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    • Word count: 1887
    • Submitted: 20/03/2011
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Jeff Taylor 23/07/2013
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    TO WHAT EXTENT CAN A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE BE CALLED A TRAGEDY?

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    • Word count: 2052
    • Submitted: 17/12/2010
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Roz Shipway 22/02/2012
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    How does Williams use dramatic devices in A Streetcar Named Desire to heighten the tragic aspects of the play?

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    • Word count: 1780
    • Submitted: 04/09/2012
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Katie Dixon 07/08/2013
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    To what extent do you think William wants his Audience to perceive Blanche as a victim ?

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    • Word count: 1216
    • Submitted: 19/02/2012
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Karen Reader 22/02/2012
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    How does Williams present the character of Blanche in scenes 1-3 of A Streetcar Named Desire

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    • Word count: 1878
    • Submitted: 16/01/2006
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Karen Reader 14/05/2012
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    How much is Desire a force for destruction in the play 'A Streetcar Named Desire'?

    3 star(s)
    • Word count: 1815
    • Submitted: 13/06/2008
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Karen Reader 22/02/2012

Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • "Stanley has little option but to destroy Blanche" With close reference to the characters and their motives, to what extent do you agree with this statement?

    "In conclusion I believe that Stanley has little choice but to eliminate Blanche from his life. They are at polar opposites to each other and one could say that Blanche is a threat to his lifestyle as she attempts to bring in new ideals to his world, so Stanley needed to detach her from his life. However it is obvious that Blanche didn't deserve such brutal treatment and her being a threat to Stanley's lifestyle is no reason for him to destroy her life."

  • Compare and contrast Williams treatment of the concept of mental instability in A Streetcar Named Desire and The Glass Menagerie in light of the opinion that Williams presents more hope in his presentation of Laura Wingfield than Blanche Dubois.

    "In conclusion, drawing on the similarities between Blanche, Laura and Williams' sister, it is credible that both characters are representations of Rose. The narrative technique in Glass Menagerie draws the audience to reflect Williams' hope that Laura will escape the darkness of mental instability. On the other hand, the dramatic devices employed by Williams in Streetcar emphasize Blanche's mental instability and her character is portrayed as much more detached from reality. Most importantly, we can see that Williams presents more hope in his presentation of Laura than Blanche due to the contrasting endings of these plays. Laura's fate is left more open in comparison to Blanche's total breakdown and destruction. In this aspect it could be said that Streetcar is a metaphorical representation of mental instability with the intent to raise awareness, whereas Glass Menagerie is a more personal, reflective work, highlighting Williams' regret and hope."

  • To what extent do you think William wants his Audience to perceive Blanche as a victim ?

    "To draw a conclusion, I believe that to some extent within the play Williams wished for his audience to see Blanche as a victim but he also foreshadows the true explanation of why Blanche has become this way. An Explanation of Blanches behaviour could be because within her youth she watched the older generation of her family die out and the loss of Belle Reve and lastly the suicide of her young homosexual husband, could be seen as the reason why Blanche's emotions died and her sense of reality. Desire and death became linked in her life, which then allowed her to lead a loose and increasingly careless life. I believe that Williams wants the audience to see Blanche as a victim but to also understand why she is, allowing her to receive a form of sympathy and bringing the audience to question whether she truly is a victim."

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