A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams Essay

1032 Words Oct 26th, 2015 5 Pages
Throughout his life, Tennessee Williams, had many encounters with mental illness in his family. In his play A Streetcar Named Desire, he projected many of these disorders he encountered in his life onto his characters that he created in the play. The play implies that these characters could have some of these mental illnesses, particularly the main character of the play, Blanche DuBois. Signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) are shown in her character and are significantly shown throughout the play as her character suffers many hardships. Blanche obviously wasn’t well and there were many reasons why she wasn’t. Blanche shows a lot of signs of having PTSD throughout the play. Blanche went through a great deal in her past. In Belle Reve, the plantation she owned had metaphorically gone down in flames, she was raped, she had lost so many family members and people to death, she managed to keep herself together and keep the plantation afloat but to no avail. She also lost a boy she loved, although she thinks it is her own fault because he committed suicide. Since she went through so much, there must be some sort of after effect she had… She has shown many times in the play of being scared of other men, especially Stanley. (“I hurt him the way that you’d like to hurt me[.]” Williams, 42) She fears Stanley a lot, he was being aggressive with her trying to look at the poems her old lover wrote to her, and it reminded her of the…

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