One point of view voiced in the play is that this sort of physical masculinity is sub-human and primitive; another is that it is sexually attractive and appealing. To Blanche, Stanley originally comes off as appealing however once he rapes her, he becomes monstrous in her eyes. On the contrary, Blanche is not exactly humane as well. Blanche is the extreme version of how a female was represented in the mid-1900s, but takes crazy too far. As opposed to helping Blanche deal with the world, her fantasizing is more destructive then helpful.
[He starts to remove his shirt].” (26) He walks around his house shirtless with his sister in-law being the only one in the house and as we learn it is for the sex appeal between him and Blanche. He also displays the characteristics of an ‘animal’ by talking without respect and discretion. He tells a story to Blanche about a woman who said, “I am the glamorous type! (Woman)” and “I said (Stanley) “So what?”(38) This shows his complete lack of consideration for women and it also accents him being the archetype male. When you glance at Stanley’s life he
They can’t seem to get along and they can’t seem to find a common ground. Mitch and Blanche are both single. Mitch seems delicate and in desperation, Blanche is also in desperation. Blanche plays Mitch in a way to make him feel a love for her. This can foreshadow good and relationship but someone will blow her
Not only did Blanche have “...a disastrous marriage with a homosexual,...”(Dace), she also let her sexual urges get the best of her. She was a school teacher who got let go for messing with a young male student. For some reason, Blanche is attracted to younger men. “...Now run along, now, quickly! It would be nice to keep you, but I 've got to be good--and keep my hands off children.”(89) Blanche noticed the paper boy who came because he was a young one.
Then Blanche, “daintily dressed in a white suit with a fluffy bodice, …, white gloves and hat” (5), the very image of a Southern gentlewoman, steps into the scene. Her image of a prim and proper Southern gentlewoman clashes with the down-to-earth, easy-going lifestyle of the lower middle class. Her incongruity as a refined Southern gentlewoman in an industrial, lower-middle class New Orleans neighbourhood marks her status as an outsider and contributes to her final
Multiple harsh scenarios give a detailed outline on how Blanche can ruin a character 's self esteem without doing much harm to her own. Blanche buries her own personal flaws by attention seeking , flirtatious behavior, lying and drinking. “Blanches most fundamental regret as we see her in new orleans, is not that she happened to marry a homosexual… Blanche’s concern that, when made aware of her husband 's sexuality she brought on the boys suicide” (Berkman 252) When Blanche judges somebody else it take weight off her shoulders from her own life struggles. Allan killing himself was just another layer of filth that Blanche tends not to acknowledge. The act of Allan Grey killing himself after Blanche discover’s that he is a homesexual is what started the chain of events for Blanche to take on majority of her traits.
The protagonist not only has no control over their tragic flaw, but also cannot navigate the outside world which once was simple. Rather than being the tragic hero, Blanche has ‘come in search of a hero who can rescue and protect her, only to suffer full-blown mental breakdown at the hands of Stanley Kowalski, one of the great anti-heroes of Western
In the modern drama, A Street Car Named Desire, Tennessee Williams demonstrates the delusion of how one perceives one’s self compared to how, in reality, others observe one’s actions. Most of the characters in A Street Car Named Desire lie to themselves in order to cope with the problems in their own lives. Blanche lies about life events to hide from their realities, Stella tells herself that Stan’s abuse in their relationship is normal, and Mitch uses excuses to make up for his actions or lack there of. Throughout the drama, the characters demonstrate that the ability to belittle or boost the spirits of one’s self all has to do with the ability to perceive one’s self in a way that is beneficial to them but not necessarily the truth.
A person can not simply believe what reality is when all they have ever known is their own lies to be the truth. In the play “A Streetcar Named Desire” Tennessee Williams has multiple characters that are constantly battling between what is fact and what is fiction in the Kowalski Flat household. Blanche DuBois, a former english teacher from Laurel, Mississippi, Stella’s sister, is the main victim of this conflict. With Ms. DuBois’ character and the knowledge we have that she was an english teacher, it is easily implied that drama and romance were not only a part of her profession. Blanche’s constant fight between what is real and what is an illusion begins to spiral out of control and gets to the point that she must be institutionalized.
Tennessee Williams’s play A Streetcar Named Desire has a setting off back in time when there were not any cell phones and when not very many people had cars and could not just drive from place to place anytime they wanted. In Tennessee Williams’s play, it is clear that none of his characters have a lot of money that they could just spend on what they like. When Stella’s sister, Blanche, comes to visit, it is not what Stella thinks it is for. Blanche needs her help, because everything and everyone in her life have left her or had passed away, leaving her with nothing but a broken heart. Blanche needs help and is hoping that her sister will take her under her wing.