Essay On Mental Illness In A Streetcar Named Desire

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Blanche’s Mental Health In the late 1940’s mental illness was a big thing. Some people didn’t know how to deal with it at the time, and some were just sent to mental hospitals for help. In Tennessee William 's, A Streetcar Named Desire, one of his main characters showed signs of a mental illness. Blanche Dubois is dealing with signs of a mental illness, that is from her traumatizing past. Blanche Dubois had a lot of things going on, this could be the reason why she acts like she does. After losing her family 's plantation, she then became a nymphomaniac, scandalizing her hometown and losing her high school teaching job because of her relationship with a teenage boy. With no money, no home, and fading youth Blanche clings to romantic illusions …show more content…
Stanley didn’t like Blanche because she thought she was better than everybody else. When all in reality she was worst than everyone else. Stanley didn’t like her attitude, but he was sexually attracted to her as well. Blanche is lost in a modern industrial society because in it she does not have a special position simply by virtue of being a southern woman. Belle Reve is her identification or authentication as a person, and without, she does not posses a self and therefore she must rely on others to supply stability, security, and substance(Smith-Howard and Heintzeiman). Even though she is staying with her sister, she stills feel like she has to have someone to take care of her, and give her what she thinks she should have. So while she is staying with her sister she feels like, she doesn’t belong there. Blanche thinks she needs someone who can make her feel like that her past doesn’t exist, but it’s still going to be …show more content…
He resents Blanche ill-conceited belief that she is still better than him, yet he is still sexually attracted to her at the same time(Avinger). Stanley really doesn’t like Blanche, because when she came to stay with them she always made fun of Stanley’s race, and thought she was better than him. Another reason why he doesn’t like her is because, she is trying to make Stella leave him. Stanley always beats on Stella, and Blanche doesn’t like the fact that he hits her, so she tries to get Stella to leave with her. Stella is pregnant and from arguing so much with Stanley her water breaks, and she is rushed to the hospital. So Stanley comes back home after leaving the hospital with Stella, Blanche is there at the house. Stanley’s sexual frustrations resulting in lack of privacy in the small apartment intensifies his hospitality toward Blanche. By informing Mitch of her reputation, telling her to leave his home and, finally raping her, Stanley forces Blanche to acknowledge the truth about herself, but he also destroys her completely in the process, apparently without regret(Avinger). When Stanley rapes Blanche she tells Stella, Stella doesn’t believe her. So they send her off to a mental hospital for help, because she said that Stanley raped her. Blanche mental mind isn’t the same like it was before, when she came to New Orleans, it’s worst. Stanley messed her up physically and

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