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Tennessee Williamss Streetcar Named Desire early reflections on character interaction between characters and theme When the play begins Blanche is already a fallen woman in societys eyes Her family fortune and estate are gone she lost her young husband to suicide years earlier and she is a social pariah due to her indiscreet sexual behavior She also has a bad drinking problem which she covers up poorly Behind her veneer of social snobbery and sexual propriety Blanche is an insecure dislocated individual She is an aging Southern belle who lives in a state of perpetual panic about her fading beauty Her manner is dainty and frail and she sports a wardrobe of showy but cheap evening clothes Stanley quickly sees through Blanches act and seeks out information about her past In the Kowalski household Blanche pretends to be a woman who has never known indignity However hr false propriety is not simply snobbery it constitutes a calculated attempt to make herself appear attractive to new male suitors Blanche depends on male sexual admiration for her sense of self-esteem which means that she has often succumbed to passion By marrying Blanche hopes to escape poverty and the bad reputation that haunts her As the chivalric Southern gentleman savior and caretaker represented by Shep Huntleigh she hopes will rescue her is extinct Blanche is left with no realistic possibility of future happiness As Blanche sees it Mitch is her only chance for contentment even though he is far from her ideal Stanleys relentless persecution of Blanche foils her pursuit of Mitch as well as her attempts to shield herself from the harsh truth of her situation The play chronicles the subsequent crumbling of Blanches self-image and sanity Stanley himself takes the final stabs at Blanche destroying the remainder of her sexual and mental esteem by raping her and then committing her to an insane asylum In the end Blanche blindly allows herself to be led away
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