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The main character Blanche from the play A Streetcar Named Desire witnesses many tragedies These incidents are forever etched in her memory She comes to stay with her sister Stella thinking she is running away from her past but instead her past catches up with her and from depression gradually turns insane Blanches pathetic disintegration begins with the loss of her loved ones the abandonment of Mitch and getting raped by Stanley The unfortunate incidents of death that Blanche witness begin with the death of her late husband Allan She was married with Allan at the age of sixteen where she made the discovery- love Williams 194 She then goes on to explain to Mitch that she found her husband in bed with another a man who had been his friend for years She was shocked but did not say anything Later that day they went to a casino she was drunk and told him how disgusted she was by his behavior Hearing this by her caused him to feel ashamed and unwanted So he went outside and committed suicide Following this incident Blanche feels guilty for telling him that she saw him with his friend in bed because she feels responsible for his death A couple years later as Blanche was recovering the guilt and death of her husband she experiences a few more tragedies of death Blanche is again distressed about the past she feels that her role was too much for her to have played alone Blanche tells Stella funerals are pretty compared to deaths Williams 119-20 She explains to Stella that what people saw was the pretty part however what she had to do alone was face the hard path Blanche was forced to face with and deal with death The funerals were easy to handle but death was not it was gruesome She is talking about the death of her father mother and Margaret who died in front
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