A Streetcar Named Desire - Sympathy for Blanche Essay

1066 Words May 5th, 2008 5 Pages
‘A Streetcar named Desire,’ is an interesting play, by Tennessee Williams. The character 'Blanche DuBois' is created to evoke sympathy, as the story follows her tragic deterioration in the months she lived with her sister Stella, and brother-in-law Stanley. After reading the play, I saw Blanche as the victim of Stanley's aggressive ways, and I also saw her as a hero in my eyes.
Blanche's devistating past is just one of the reasons I felt sympathy for her. Troubled from her past, Blanche has a sence of falseness, which increasingly becomes apparent to Stanley. Her secrets are revealed, and this unveals a haunting past, and insecurities which were unknown to Stella. It would appear that the lies and desperate clutches to hold onto
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I think she uses alchohal as a way to forget about her horrific past. I also feel that it explains Blanches obsession with cleanliness; she relies on hot baths to ‘calm her nerves’ not only for the ‘hydrotherapy’, but to wash away her worries.
Often Blanche’s insecurities can be misinterpreted as madness. Her eagerness to be viewed only in the dark,
‘I can’t stand a naked flame…’,

and her personification of the bright light as the ‘merciless glare’ suggest an irrational fear beyond what could be mistaken as vanity. Blanche not only wishes to hide her aging looks, but also relies on the shadows to hide her depression, and forget about the traumas in the past. Only when Mitch demands to see her in the light, I felt than I seen true Blanche be seen, and it is this that suggested to me that Blanche wasn't mentally ill, but simply vulnerable.
Throughout the play, Blanche always feels the need to be admired and pampered. She often talked about ‘old flames’ and rich men who wish to sweep her off her feet, yet Stanley seen through this from the start. Blanche liked to reminise about her prime years,of which had passed, and fantasise of being the same woman that she once was. It's this desperation that everyone has to adore her that causes her to depend on receiving compliments, as she needs constant reassurance that she is

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