The Characters in A Streetcar Named Desire

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The Characters in A Streetcar Named Desire In Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire," each character represents something different. The play centers around two characters, Blanche and Stanley, and the conflict between them. These characters represent the changing of times during the first half of the 20th century. During this time, many changes were occurring in the social standards. In this play, Stanley represents the new America being formed during the 20th century. After fighting in World War II, he got a job selling automotive parts for the recent boom in car sales. He is the breadwinner of the family who often becomes over controlling and sometimes violent. As part of the working force, Stanley has few luxuries. He is proud of his job and life; however, he does not have anything spectacular to show for it. He is proud of his Polish family heritage and takes great offense when being called a Polack. As a realist, Stanley sees things as they are and does not try to distort or mask the truth. Blanche Dubois is the most complex character in "A Streetcar Named Desire." Like the grandmother in "A Good Man is Hard to Find," she is from the old south. For both
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these characters, the inability to adapt and change to the recent times is their downfall. Blanche is the exact opposite of Stanley. She came from a well off family that has lived in America for several generations. She is well educated and is fond of literature and the arts. She is very concerned with how she appears and with what others think of her. However, Blanche is far from perfect. She has just as many, if not more, problems as Stanley does. However, instead of trying to confront these problems and change them, she alters her perception on reality and ...

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