Change in Values and Perspectives in Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

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Adversity can present itself in a wide range of severities, and it can have drastic effects on an individual. A man is insensible to appreciate prosperity until he has gone through some kind of adversity. Hardships and adversity develop and shape a person’s identity and also plays a big role in shaping one’s personal values. John Locke, a famous philosopher, once said that “Let us suppose the mind to be, white paper void of all characters, without any ideas. How comes it be furnished? To this I answer, in one word, from experience”. The quote says that humans are born like clean slates and adversity plays a major role in shaping people. In the modern play A Streetcar Named Desire, the author, Tennessee Williams, suggests that individuals are blank slates and adversity plays a major factor in shaping their values and their perspective on things. This is shown through the characters of Blanche Dubois, Stella Kowalski and Stanley Kowalski. Living on plantation in Laurel Mississippi, Blanche Dubois considers herself a southern Belle. Her life at Belle Reve does not fulfil her dreams that she once envisioned and instead she found herself assuming responsibilities of huge proportions. She was left to incur al financial debts, while having to pay for the costly funerals of her relatives. At last she was unable to pay her debts and she had to give in and lose her beloved land. In addition, she faces the adversity of lifelong guilt because of her making a cruel remark to her late
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