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Blanche and Mitch's relationship in "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams.

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English Coursework Essay - Blanche and Mitch's relationship Text studied: "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams Blanche and Mitch are two very different characters but in spite of this they connect instantly. Mitch is one of Stanley's oldest friends, and Blanche is Stella's sister. The first time they meet, they both notice a unique quality to each other. Blanche detects an awkwardness around Mitch, that makes him different from the rest of the other, boisterous boys. Mitch is curious about Blanche. She is different to all the other girls he has known, and in his eyes, she is romantic, and graceful. They share common ground because they have both lost someone they loved and they understand each other's feelings when it comes to death. I think they are drawn together because they see something in each other that they both need. Mitch needs Blanche because his mother is dying and she wants to see him settled down before she dies. Also, I think when she dies Mitch needs someone to take her place. Mitch also likes Blanche because he knows his mother would approve of her charm, intelligence and sophistication. Blanche feels she is "played out" meaning her youth is over, and her looks are fading. Instead of becoming a lonely spinster, she would rather put up with Mitch. ...read more.

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She is a complex person, and throughout the play I felt different emotions towards her, ranging from sympathy to snobbishness and disapproval. She is also very vain and conscious of her age, as shown throughout the play. At the end of the play, I felt Blanche was a tragic victim of life and she did not deserve her fate. As the play opens out, we see Blanche's past slowly revealed and her slowly losing the little sense she had left. Mitch, on the other hand, is not very intelligent but extremely trusting and sensitive. He falls in love with Blanche but feels it's over and the love has been crushed when he finds out who Blanche really is. His sensitivity comes mainly from two people in his life: the death of the girl he loved in his youth and the illness of his mother. This is demonstrated on the first poker night we see. Mitch is worried about his mother so much so that it takes the enjoyment out of the card game. However his mother told him to go out and have fun, so he cannot go home. He has a good relationship with her. Blanche says Mitch is "capable of great devotion" and notices his sensitivity the first time they meet saying to Stella: "that one seems - superior to the others". ...read more.

Conclusion

Blanche failed Mitch because she betrayed him. He loved her like no one else and needed her, but she threw it back in his face by lying to him in the end. I think that although he can understand why she lied, he cannot forgive her because he cannot get over the sense of betrayal. He felt a fool for believing her for such a long time and this experience will change him by making him less trusting. Blanche was one of his few girlfriends and he loved her deeply. After he confronts her with her past, he embraces her, which shows that he still loves her, however. I think that he feels he deserves to sleep with her because she wouldn't sleep with him when he thought she had "old-fashioned ideals" but now he knows she doesn't she should sleep with him. Their relationship is based on need, more than love but in the end they fail each other. It is a tragedy because they both end up lonely and alone when they could have had each other and lead a happy life together. They are two of the most tragic characters in the play, as one ends up in a mental institution and the other leads a lonely life, alone and scarred. ...read more.

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