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In Tennessee Williams play A Streetcar Named Desire the character of Mitch is used to present many themes within the play.

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Leanne Davies 224977 Analyse the character and roles of any one character in A Streetcar Named Desire. How does Williams present and develop this character? How does this character contribute to the presentation of any of the themes of the play? In Tennessee Williams? play A Streetcar Named Desire the character of Mitch is used to present many themes within the play. Mitch also acts as a foil character to help reveal more to the audience about certain characters, mainly Blanche. Mitch?s roles include being both a contrast character and a comparison character to Blanche. A prominent theme throughout the play is that of fantasy clashing with reality. It is through this theme that Mitch contrasts with Blanche. Mitch lives in a world of tangible truths and reality. The first time the audience sees Mitch, he is talking with Stanley about some sort of bet. The stage directions reveal Mitch as ?roughly dressed in blue denim work clothes.? This shows that he is a working man- he relies on himself and is independent. It is also revealed later in the play that he was also a soldier in the war and served in the same ?outfit? as Stan. Since leaving the Army and returning to America Mitch has had to move forward with society. ...read more.

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The inscription on Mitch?s cigarette case and his despair at the inevitable loss of his mother whom he loves only serves to reinforce the theme of losing love. They also reinforce the audiences association of death with Blanche and highlight the idea that all will not end well for her. It can also imply that Blanche is looking for her lost love Alan, in Mitch. Another of Mitch?s roles within the play is to convey the theme of loneliness. Williams? uses Mitch as a foil character to bring out Blanches loneliness. They are drawn together through their mutual need of companionship. In scene six Mitch reveals that he only has his mother and he is shortly to lose her. Blanche tells Mitch that she ?knows what it is to be lonely?. Despite Blanche?s many dalliances with various different men she has not found a companion or any real love. The brief moment of hope that he and Blanche share, when it seems as if they might find happiness together at the end of scene six ?sometimes - there?s God - so quickly? is a reminder that in a world that will not sustain such romantic hopes for long. At least it will not do so for Blanche, and probably not for Mitch either, who also seems bound for failure and continued loneliness in life. ...read more.

Conclusion

All the fault lies with Blanche- the woman. Also Mitch is disgusted at her promiscuity, but is promiscuous himself in his desire to have Blanche physically. In addition Mitch?s character is effective at presenting a theme of inequality between the sexes. Williams does this by creating a male character who is more sensitive man than the others. As mentioned on cliffsnotes.com Mitch cares deeply for his mother; he is capable of meaningful relationships (the inscription on the cigarette case). He has more than a basic sexual desire for Blanche- he does not rape her but leaves and is visibly upset at the loss of his potential love. These are all considered to be feminine character traits and in Tennessee Williams? play- society accepts them. However, Blanche?s promiscuity, her heavy drinking, her ambition to run a successful plantation at Belle Reve are all considered to be masculine traits. However, she is punished, chastised and bullied throughout the play for her desires. The character of Mitch contributes towards many themes within the play A Streetcar Named Desire. His ultimate role is to provide a foil character to Blanche and give her character the opportunity to reveal more of herself to the audience. The most glaring theme Mitch presents is the difference between the real world he lives in and the fantasy world that Blanche refuses to let go of. Tennessee Williams? expression of Mitch?s life in such a real sense exacerbates Blanche?s life of fantasy and illusion. ...read more.

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