In the end, she advises Stella that in spite of Blanche's tragedy, life must go on. The domestic violence she witnesses alienates her from this environment. Although DuBois portrays herself as a refined and sophisticated woman, the reader soon comes to realize that, hiding beneath all the pearls and jewels, is a raw and unstable character. Does this sound like gasp! Stella shows strong signs of her sister's influence. There is though Stanley who stands between her and Mitch. Stanley also believes that Blanche has conned him and his wife out of the family mansion.
. Yet there are no clear cut lines of good vs. Blanche is unable to get over the past and she fails to face the present or the future, thus slips into insanity. Blanche is very dependent coming to Stella from Belle Reve with less than a dollar in change. She would prefer to live in her own imagination. She is delicate, refined, and sensitive. But throughout all of these episodes, Blanche has still retained a degree of innocence and purity.
This is clearly evident in A Streetcar Named Desire, one of Williams's many plays. Her life was ruined by a man and ends in another man's hands. It is apparent that Stella is a battleground for the DuBois-Kowalski feud. But Blanche's intimacies have always been with strangers. As the last scene testifies, Stanley emerges the survivor from the encounter while Blanche is even more emotionally and mentally crippled than before.
Blanche is nervous and appears constantly on edge, as though any slight disturbance could shatter her sanity. Both attempt to win Stella over as an ally. While a neighborgoes to find Stella, Blanche looks around the apartment for a drink. Blanche's influence is definitely weighty. She wants a cultured man but is often subconsciously attracted to strong, basic male characters, perhaps a response to her marriage with a cultured, sensitive man which ended in disaster. You know I went to Miami during the Christmas holidays? She is coming to the city to stay with her sister, and her sisters husband. She still plays the role of the ideal type of person she would like to be.
Does this mean that Blanche is deluding herself? She wrestles Blanche to the ground. Blanche's actions with Stanley are dictated by her basic nature. Lant posits that Blanche had a responsibility as a wife to somehow rescue her husband from his own sexuality, and Williams condemns her lack of calm understanding when confronted with a threat to her own happy marriage. This significant exchange sets the mood for the tension between Blanche and Stanley that continues throughout the play. Ironically, this aspect of the play is also one that critics and readers frequently use to demonize Blanche and disprove her role as a sympathetic character. She became promiscuous, seeking a substitute men especially young boys , for her dead husband, thinking that she failed him sexually. After the death of Allan—intimacies with strangers was all I seemed able to fill my empty heart with.
But to be taken so cruelly and so brutally by a man who represents all qualities which Blanche found obnoxious caused her entire world to collapse. And retreating is her coping mechanism. Many essayists describe these elements and they give clear conceptions of her tragic nature. She does not want to see things clearly but wants all ugly truths covered over with the beauty of imagination and illusion. Stanley survives because of sheer physical presence, not because of any innate superiority.
My intention is to concentrate on the most significant features of her nature and behaviour and also on various external aspects influencing her life and resulting in her nervous breakdown. It will be shown within these pages how the moral and societal standards for women were far different than they were for men, and how the standards changed over the years. This is indeed the story of what happened to Blanche in the play but what flaws in her own character were to blame for her subsequent tragedy. Further when Stanley went on to rape her, he completely diminished her mental stability. From their first meeting when he realized she lied to him about drinking his liquor, he despised her. Stella still has many qualities of Belle Reve. They went that night to a dance where a polka was playing.
He killed himself after she discovered his homosexuality, and she has suffered from guilt and regret ever since. This is clearly evident in A Streetcar Named Desire, one of Williams's many plays. Even more interesting is the fact that Blanche used this same argument to defend her own self-delusion. New York: New Directions Publishing Corporation, 2004. Yet, Blanche is an outcast from society, while Stanley is the proud family man. She was a teacher at a high school, and at one point, she had intimacies with a seventeen-year-old student. She married rather early at the age of sixteen to whom a boy she believed was a perfect gentleman.
He was sensitive, understanding, and civilized much like herself coming from an aristocratic background. He delights in telling Stella of her sister's immorality, hoping that this too will turn his wife against Blanche. His mother is dying, and this impending loss affects him profoundly. Using four main mediums, symbolism and imagery, Blanche 's action when by herself, Blanche 's past and her dialogue with others such as Mitch, Stanley and the paperboy, we can draw a number of conclusions about Blanche until the end of Scene Five. And Blanche's entire life has been affected by this early tragic event. The life she desires though is not what she has and ends up with.