Color Symbolism Blanche Scene 1 Dressed in all white in this scene. White is a symbol of purity and innocence, something Blanche clearly lacks. Scene 2 The Gold dress and jewelry described in page 34 and 35, that Stanley raids from Blanches chest is described at a pirated loot. Stanly is comparing Balance to a pirate lmaooooooo Scene 3 The silver Lighter in page 47 catches Blanche eye almost immediately as it is the first thing she notices about Mich. Scene 5 The white dress Blanche Wears on her birthday is smeared when she spills some whiskey and blots it out.
To begin, the personal characteristics of Blanche and Stanley were used to represent how society was changing into a new world. In the story, Blanche was used to represent the Old South, while Stanley in the story represented the American Dream. Blanche embodies the image and the ideals of the Old South. Stanley, on the other hand, is employed as a factory worker and is steadily contributing to the demise of the southern lifestyle that Blanche represents. Blanche’s representation of the Old South included being in favor of the old American values, refinement, manners, and the high culture of the Old South.
It was a more strict time period with old idealistic ways. Tennessee Williams showed a different side of literature; where everything is not perfect and subtle but rather harsh. Harshness of reality is what he focused on. Certain ideas that some playwrights avoided, he exploited. In Tennessee Williams play A Streetcar Named Desire Blanche Dubois is a arrogant liar who lives in a false reality.
Williams here is signifying that only compassion can counter oppression as it makes Blanche more human and this what maybe Williams want, he wants to society to be compassionate so that there is acceptance by everyone in society. Another point when compassion is encouraged is to counter oppression is when Mitch says to Stanley “I’ll kill you”. At this point Mitch finally breaks his silence and finally sees the oppressive nature of Stanley and is in right to say that. Here Williams finally shows through Mitch the oppression that was composed by Stanley needed to be stopped and the only way was through the compassion he had for Blanche being oppressed by Stanley. Also William shows that the new south still has bit of the old south and that is mainly shown through Stanley and Blanche, whereas Blanche depicts the old south which had mentality not accepting others and putting yourself in a high regard.
She is lost, confused, conflicted, lashing out in sexual ways, and living in her own fantasies throughout the entirety of the play. Blache is destroyed by her own characteristics: alcoholism, promiscuity, and cruelty. During the time this play was written, alcoholism, although very abundant in culture, was never discussed but rather hidden. As a result of societies standards Blanche takes on concealing the truth about her drinking problem. For example, when Blanche first arrives at the Kowalski 's house one of the very first things she does is finds a bottle of liquor.
Blanche is fearful of the light because of her traumatic past that she has faced. Her fear of being revealed in the light shows her true nature, manipulative, delusional and malevolent. Tennessee Williams uses the motif of light and dark to explore and delve into the characters of Blanche Dubois, Stanley Kowalski, and Mitchell. The two opposing forces in a streetcar named desire are Light and Darkness. To show this Tennessee Williams brilliantly disguises multiple words with double meanings.
Blanche is an old southern Belle who expects the man to be a gentleman and in her level of class, scene 10 “A cultivated woman, a woman of intelligence and breeding, can enrich a man’s life” (Williams, 1947) this is how Blanche intertwines the past and present as past women were only there to be seen, look after the house and provide children and present Blanche could be seen to be past her prime. Blanche is representing the past as she is still dress in grand dress white moth Ironically Blanche appears in the first scene dressed in white, “the symbol of
Blanche’s Monologue The passage cited from “A Streetcar Named Desire” reveals the uncommon aspects of her character: the ideal notion of love and seething desire within herself, sexual struggle and conflict, pretentiousness of the ‘grand’ lady and the financially strained woman. It seems like Blanche’ ranting toward Stella but it actually likes Blanche talks to herself. First of all, after yesterday’s poker game, drunken Stanley cruelly abused Stella in public. However, Stanley’s sweet words and frank actions persuade Stella to forgive him, go back home, and spend the night with him. On the one hand, Blanche cannot understand why Stella decides to tolerate Stanley’s violent behaviors.
Even though Blanche had a recognizable personality, in the article of Lauren Seigle, the author claims that the result of this kind of person Blanche DuBois has become is the fact that she lost her husband after knowing he’s gay and also the presence of Blanche in New Orleans with her sister is an effect for this horrible loss. Accordingly, Blanche didn’t deserve that miserable ending as some affirm after what she has been through. In the play of Tennessee Williams, there were gender roles and women were treated faultily, they were abused by men. Some examples include, in Scene 3, Stanley beats his wife, Stella, in Scene 4, their neighbor beats his wife, Eunice, as well, and in Scene 10, Stanley rapes Blanche. This shows that women in “A Streetcar Named Desire” happen to be weak against the opposite sex, or controlled and overpowered by men.
Blanche struggles to empathize with others thus making her vulnerable and less resilient to change. Blanche lives in a delusional world by neglecting the consequences of her actions. Blanche, in her younger years, comes from the south -southern belle, a symbol of beauty and innocence.