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Streetcar Named Desire Lit Analysis Template

Page history last edited by Judy S. Nelson 5 years, 6 months ago

 

 

This is what an essay SHOULD look like when complete.  These templates are on Nelsonica.pbworks.com.  Use them!

 

TEASER [ famous quote, interesting factoid, recent news event related to your topic].  BRIEF plot summary (one sentence each) of the text/texts you are examining.  State the nature of your analysis:  critical lens analysis/ comparison contrast/ literary analysis, etc. State your THESIS – the big idea you will be proving with your body paragraphs.  Acknowledge counterclaims.  (Use your three body paragraph points to roadmap what your essay will prove.)

 

To begin, because Blanche trusts Stella completely to continue to fulfill her role as childhood confidant, she believes that she can get Stella to leave Stanley..  Stella, however, only goes along with Blanche to avoid conflict, She is not as reliable as Blanche believes her to be.  For example, when Blanche first shows up homeless, she expects that Stella will blame her for losing the family inheritance, but in fact, the only person that cares is Stanley.  When he objects, Stella tells him that “there weren't any papers, I didn't see any papers, I don't care about papers” (Williams 46).  She doesn't care if her sister “swindled” her out of Belle Reve because the papers existed; Stella just never bothered to ask about them.  One gets the impression that when Stella left Belle Reve, she left every part of her past life behind: sister, family and inheritance..  Blanche, however, takes this as a sign of loyalty and seems to be under the impression that they’ve gone right back to being childhood confidants. Stella reinforces this impression by telling her, ”I like like to wait on  you Blanche, it feels like home” (62).  Stella, however, is just using this tactic, along with flattery, as ways of coping with Blanche’s hysteria. She never actually believes anything Blanche says.  She even tells Stanley to do the same because it’s Blanche’s “little weakness” (80).  So when Blanche tells Stella that Stanley raped her, she is blindsided when Stella calls the mental hospital.  It’s a total betrayal of Blanche’s blind trust.  According to author Linda Talley, “betrayal is about learning not to idealize external sources.” Blanche idealizes everything, including her sister’s loyalty, which ultimately leads to her own downfall.    

 

In addition, POINT #2.  “For example,”   context phrase, attribution phrase, “quote or statistic” (  in-text citation ).  ANALYSIS/REASONING – EXPLANATION.  Transition, context phrase, attribution phrase, “quote or statistic” (  ).  REASONING. Transition, context phrase, attribution phrase, “quote or stat” (  ).  REASONING.  Finalizing summary statement that shows how the current combined evidence proves your point.

 

Finally, ,POINT #3.  “For example,”   context phrase, attribution phrase, “quote or statistic” (  in-text citation ).  ANALYSIS/REASONING – EXPLANATION.  Transition, context phrase, attribution phrase, “quote or statistic” (  ).  REASONING. Transition, context phrase, attribution phrase, “quote or stat” (  ).  REASONING.  Finalizing summary statement that shows how the current combined evidence proves your point.

 

In conclusion, state why people holding to the counter claim may be somewhat understandable/ a more traditional interpretation of the text/ what SOME people might think of the text.  However… provide evidence from your own experience or your personal insight into the text.  Reinforce the two claims that agree with your position and show why these claims outweigh the counterclaim.   End with a bang/ make a grand entrance.

 

Works Cited

 

Talley, Linda. "Sister Betrayal Quotes." Searchquotes.com. N.p., 2015. Web. 07 May 2015.

 

Williams, Tennessee. A Streetcar Named Desire: A Play. New York: New Directions,

     1947. Print.

 

 

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