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'A Streetcar Named Desire' - How concerned are each of the four characters with their own survival? Discuss their needs and how they go about fulfilling them, and evaluate their success in terms of surviving events of the play.

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AS English: 'A Streetcar Named Desire' homework assignment How concerned are each of the four characters with their own survival? Discuss their needs and how they go about fulfilling them, and evaluate their success in terms of surviving events of the play. I believe all characters are concerned with their survival as all humans are but most extensively seems to be Blanche Dubois. Blanche, when the play begins is already a fallen woman in society's eyes. Her family fortune and estate are gone, she lost her young husband to suicide years earlier, and she is a social outcast due to her indiscreet sexual behaviour. She also has a bad drinking problem, which she covers up poorly. Behind her front of social snobbery type behaviour. Blanche is an insecure individual. She is an ageing Southern belle who lives in a state of continuos panic about her fading beauty. Her manner is delicate and frail, and she shows off a wardrobe of showy but cheap evening clothes. Stanley quickly sees through Blanche's act and seeks out information about her past. Blanche's fear of death manifests itself in her fears of ageing and of lost beauty. She refuses to tell anyone her true age or to appear in harsh light that will reveal her faded looks. ...read more.


He sees himself as a social Leveller and egalitarian, as he tells Stella in Scene Eight "Every man is a king I am the king around here, so don't forget it! My place is cleared! You want me to clear your places ! ". Stanley's intense hatred of Blanche is motivated in part by the aristocratic past Blanche represents. This, giving more reason to his personality, maybe he is jealous of Blanche and his wife's past and wish he could have been or be rich and provide that better lifestyle for his wife again and his child, but he know he can't , but tries to give reason to it "the Kowalski's and Dubois have different notions". He want's to survive and be a good husband and father and feels blanche's imposing with all her critical and snobbish talk is making him and his lifestyle look bad or inferior. Then again he could just be looking for some one to blame for his general anger and grumpiness. . He also sees Blanche as untrustworthy and does not appreciate the way she attempts to fool him and his friends into thinking she is better than they are. ...read more.


Stella possesses the same faded aristocratic heritage as Blanche, but she left before things got worse in her late teens and left Mississippi for New Orleans. There, Stella married the lower-class Stanley, with whom she shares a robust sexual relationship. Stella's union with Stanley is both animal and spiritual, violent but renewing. I believe this to be reason behind her personality and her survival ended up to be from Stanley's violence, but even though she needs to survive this. She seems to like his roughness and even admitted it after describing how Stanley took her slipper and smashed things with it she describes "I was sorta thrilled by it". However she could just be trying to justify his behaviour thinking he is all she has and that it is the father of her baby and if they split up she will become like her sister Blanche. After Blanche's arrival, Stella is torn between her sister and her husband. Eventually, she stands by Stanley, perhaps in part because she gives birth to his child near the play's end. While she loves and pities Blanche, she cannot bring herself to believe Blanche's accusations that Stanley dislikes her; she eventually dismisses Blanche's claim that Stanley raped her. Stella's denial of reality at the play's end shows that she has more in common with her sister than she thinks. ...read more.

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