Day 5

A Streetcar Named Desire Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    What is the accusation against Blanche? What was her reputation in Laurel?

    Blanche pretends to be innocent and virginal, but she was considered a loose woman in Laurel, frequently entertaining men. The last straw came when she was accused of having an affair with a 17-year-old student, so she was asked to leave town.

  2. 2

    What is the significance of "Paper Moon," the song Blanche sings in the tub?

    The lyrics include "It's a Barnum & Bailey world / Just as phony as it can be / But it wouldn't be make believe / If you believed in me." This verse nicely sums up Blanche's world. She isn't real, and her world isn't real;...

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