The Complexity of Blanch's Character in a Streecar Named Desire.
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In the play A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams portrayed Blanche to be an extremely complex character. She was depicted as a delicate, pure woman, and eventually a lonely alcoholic! She was neither completely good nor bad, because she was so torn by conflicting and contradictory desires and needs. It is evident that the tragedies that occurred in her life contribute to the complexity of her character. In the very first scene of the play Blanche appeared wearing a white suit. As Williams describes her, "She is daintily dressed in a white suit with a fluffy bodice, necklace and earrings of pearl, white gloves and hat, looking as if she were arriving at a summer tea or cocktail party in the garden district" (15). White, being …show more content…
It was very evident that they did not necessarily get along, nor did they enjoy each other's company. Saddik noted that Stanley and Blanche are of unequal strengths. They are complete opposites. While Stanley is very controlling, destructive and brutal, Blanche is poor as well as confused (67). Stanley's first sign of his brutality was evident at the poker night when he got so angry and threw the radio out the window. Another example of this is displayed when he beats his wife, Stella. After realizing that she would never have those things she had always wished for, Blanche began to create them out of herself; she made up lies so complex that even she believed them. Blanche eventually met Mitch, and they seemed to both enjoy each other's company. She had a warm and sensitive conversation with him, and it appeared that they may even have a chance to establish a genuine relationship, despite the things that occurred in Blanche's past. Here she seemed to be soft-hearted individual who may have perhaps truly changed. Maybe it was the time that someone could fill Blanche's void, created by the death of her husband. She was very dependent on Mitch, and consequently she tried to get him to marry her. But of course, there was Stanley who stood between her and Mitch. Stanley was a realist and cannot stand the way Blanche was living in her world of illusions. Eventually he destroyed her along