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After losing a plantation in her family for decades, Blanch Dubois goes to the elesian fields in New Orleans. To stay with her sister and brother-in-law. Blanch has a drinking problem,and often creates illusions to hide herself from her harsh reality, such as her ex-husband's suicide. Stella, Blanch's sister, puts her in a mental hospital.
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Blanche Du Bois is an heiress who lost the family fortune and via a streetcar named desire arrives at her sister Stella's house. Stella is married to Stanley, a blue-collar worker with a mean streak and she is pregnant.   She lies to Stella and Stanely about her situation and indeed her past. She is has a borderline personality and struggles to accept reality. Stanley does not accept her however and sets out to destroy the fantasy that she has created. He ultimately destroys Blanche in a scene of unrestrained violence. Stella returns after having given birth and does not believe Blanche's story that Stanely hurt her. Blanche is then removed and placed in a facility for the mentally ill while Stella remains with Stanley having lost only the possible love of a sister despite the possiblity that she could have lost her husband and family home. The reader is left pondering what exactly Stella benefited and what she sacrificed to do so.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Brother Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book)    -   eccentric nature Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Drinking/Drugs problems?    -   alcohol Brain/Body disability?    -   mental illness

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed    -   teacher Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American) Unusual characteristics:    -   Mentally ill

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South City?    -   Yes City:    -   New Orleans

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   rape/molest Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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