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Who do you believe is the most to blame for Blanche’s fate at the end of ‘ A Streetcar Named Desire’?

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Who do you believe is the most to blame for Blanche's fate at the end of ' A Streetcar Named Desire'? How far do you think Blanche qualifies as a tragic heroine during the course of the play? There are many connecting themes that lead to Blanche's long-anticipated downfall. These themes I will discuss in my essay. She is under the influence of fate, her own sexual the desire for money. Major themes explored are death, fate and madness. Ironically the title incorporates the word 'desire', as we know this as an underlying theme in the novel. The fact that Williams saw an actual streetcar in Old Orleans gives the impression that William's play is close to own heart; we know that his sister could be viewed as a representation of Blanche in the play. She too had casual, frequent encounters much like Blanche has in the play. She was a nymphomaniac who was finally lobotomised and sent to an asylum. It is clear that 'A Streetcar Named Desire' is personal to the Playwright. Blanche has annoying obsessive behaviour and it is clear that the Writer portrays Blanche as a person who would be clearly hell to live with. Blanche is first introduced in the play as being 'moth' like; immediately she is compared in her smartness to the shabby, rundown street ironically named, 'Elysian Fields': " She is daintily dressed in a white suit with a fluffy bodice... " Her appearance is grand and starkly contrasted to the grubby settings. ...read more.


Because - as you must have noticed - I'm - not very well . . ." Later on in the play the audience sees Blanches character unfold. We see that she is highly manipulative and flirts with men to get them to do what she wants, although it does not work with Stanley as we see early on: " [She smiles at him radiantly] Do you think it possible that I was once considered to be attractive?. . ." This quotation is showing that Blanche is treading dangerously in flirting with her sister's husband. We have a great deal of insight into Blanche's sexual background. We know from her past that she was very promiscuous and she indulged into one-night stands at the Hotel Flamingo, back in Laurel. Blanche does this in order to feel needed because she wants to be noticed: " You have got to be seductive . . .put on soft colours... and glow make a little temporary magic and glow" We feel sympathy that Blanche has to sleep with men but this is very seedy behaviour and very much a personal weakness that Blanche cannot change. Her promiscuity leads her to the acknowledgement that her life is nothing in the hotel she tries to get away from her past but it keeps catching up with her. Stanley and Mitch remind her of this. Blanche again in her critical speech about magic stresses the importance of appearance: " I don't know how much longer I can turn the trick. You have to be soft and attractive, and I'm fading now." ...read more.


Also like Blanche he seemed incapable of staying in a permanent relationship. To be driven by desire, the author seems to be saying, is self-destructive, and those who are carried away by overpowering passion are unable to escape. The longing of Blanche for Mitch to marry her arises not from the fact that she wants a sexual encounter but that she wants a secure roof over her head, which she can call her own. " The poor mans paradise - is a little peace." In reference to the set question I do personally believe that Blanche qualifies as a tragic heroine to a large extent. The Shakespearean concept that death is the usual penalty is does not qualify. We know that Blanche does not die, merely that she is taken to an asylum. I believe, and it is very clear in the play that Blanche has a lot of personal weakness, which reinforces the concept of a tragic heroine, although I would not put all the blame down to this fact. There are people around Blanche that aid the mental deterioration such as the rape by Stanley, and the rejection from Mitch. Blanche is self-destructive, destined to her tragic end. Her personal weaknesses are hugely to blame for this. Tennessee Williams apparently came to see the character of Blanche as a real living person who would go on living outside of the play, he also believed that she would go on living outside of the asylum and marry again. 1 ...read more.

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