A Streetcar Named Desire By Blanche Du Bois And Stanley Kowalski

1003 Words Apr 12th, 2016 5 Pages
In life things are rarely black and white. Williams’ belief that there are no truly good or bad people represents an optimistic view of society. Yet we’re blind to the true emotions in each others hearts making us susceptible to misguided judgments. In A Streetcar Named Desire, the characters face complex decisions with no overwhelmingly right or wrong decisions. The line between good and bad is often blurred leaving the reader conflicted when judging the morality of a character. Tennessee William’s characters Blanche Du Bois and Stanley Kowalski both reflect the obscured morals and misguided motives Williams’ believes stimulate society.
In A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanch Du Bois’ blurred moral spectrum and strong egoism reflect Williams’ view of misunderstood yet judgmental people in society. Blanche’s nostalgia towards the Old South prevents her from living in the present. Blanche judges everyone, specifically Stanley, based upon the values of crumbling moral code. These traditional values “blind” Blanche disabling her from truly seeing the value of a person. Blanche describes Stanley as “subhuman” and “not quite to the stage of humanity”, illustrating her sense of superiority towards Stanley. Because Stanley doesn’t fit the “Southern gentleman” Blanche has always imagined, she degrades him deeming him unworthy of her sister’s love. Blanche’s contemptuous attitude is also directed towards her sister Stella. After learning Stella returned to Stanley after he attacked her…

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