Scene 1 What does Belle Reve mean? What does it refer to in the play? Why does Blanche say that she lost Belle Reve?
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Belle Reve means "beautiful dream." It is the name of the plantation that Stella and Blanche used to live at. It represents the entitled and, to them, nostalgic life they used to enjoy in the old South. Blanche no longer enjoys this privileged life. It also represents the illusion of the "good life" she wants back.