Melissa Graham English Literature
“Some critics suggest that Williams takes no sides in the conflict between Blanche & Stanley.” Do you agree?
I feel that this statement is partially untrue; at certain points through the play William’s
chooses a side to tell the story from rather than a favourite character. Blanche’s initial character
was to represent that of William’s and Stanley’s, the bad aspects of life that abuse the weak.
Although saying this about Stanley he does show some true good qualities and genuine emotions
within the play and at the same time Blanche shows the whit and knowledge to rise above Stanley.
Throughout ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ Williams can switch from one character to another in who
he is favouring, and who has the power in the scene can change almost instantly with either force
from Stanley or a quick witted line from Blanche. He portrays faults in both Stanley and Blanche
and we see from the very beginning of the play that they have many differences, starting from their
backgrounds and upbringing. The only thing that ties them together and the one reason they are
introduced is Stella, Stanley’s wife and Blanche’s sister. The awkward first meeting shows the
power struggle immediately from the first scene, although both characters are civil towards each
other, even though it may be difficult for Stanley.
“[Drawing involuntarily back from his stare]: You must be Stanley. I’m Blanche.” Blanche is the