Insecurity In A Streetcar Named Desire

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The play “A Streetcar Named Desire” is about an emotionally unstable lady named Blanche. She moves in with her youngest sister and her husband because the landlord took the land away from Blanche because they could not pay for it anymore. After being their for a while Blanche starts remembering her horrible past which is something she was trying to do in the first place. The husband of Stella, Stanley Kowalski was also someone that made Blanche’s life miserable for complicating everything and harassing her in every possible way. Death is one of the most symbolic terms in this play. It is what is haunting Blanche’s life, it is what has made her mentally unstable. Throughout the play, she has been hiding her past from people so she looks like…show more content…
Every character shows their insecurity and if not the reader notices by the way the character is. Blanche is insecure about her appearance or almost everything about herself. She is always self conscious about what other people may think. She thinks people might find her unattractive and old looking so she likes being in dim rooms and outside when it is not as sunny. She gets ecstatic when people compliment her looks and is sort of taken by surprise by nice gestures. She also prefers keeping her past to herself because of all the problems she has had. She prefers for people to not find out what has happened and why she is the way it is. An example is when Blanche panicked because they took off the little paper covering the lamp which made the room dim and got pissed because she did not want to show how she looks. Stanley is shown to be the “manliest man” but he is unstable and irrational when he realizes what he has done when the damage has been done. For example, when Stanley physically abused Stella he realized what he had done when he was brought back to his senses. He regretted it and was crying for her to go back to him and love him. Also, love in this story is filled with insecurities and secrets. Blanche and Mitch would have been official, but Mitch believed what he was being told about Blanche and did not want her for hearing she was not “pure”. Stanley and Stella are in…show more content…
He is shown to be this man that nothing can bring him down, basically the “American Man” good looking, strong, and his attitude that nothing can bring him down. He likes to lay his cards on the table and does not like to play games with anyone. He is also sexist in a way that he feels a man is the one that takes charge and is the owner of his significant other. He sees relationships as only sexual ones and no love. He is also shown to be very loud and vulgar, he is not quiet about anything and nothing can tame his temper. That is why he hates Blanche because she is not the same as the girls he has seen. He sees her as a threat in the sense that she will ruin the marriage between Stella and Stanley. However, he has feelings of self conscious and feels threatened because he feels like she can ruin him. He hates that Stella and Blanche were always wealthy and he feels as if they look down on him for being poor. He does not feeling submissive which is why he reacts harshly most of the time. He does not want his pride tainted. He is dominant towards his things in his life which is why he is also harsh with Blanche which is why he cowardly abused her and sexually harassed her to even getting her sent to a specialist for being “unstable”. He did everything in his power to get rid of something that he felt was going to mess with his life the slightest bit. In
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