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Tennessee Williams a playwright plagued with a childhood in a dysfunctional family and the Burdon of being a homosexual in the 1940s wrote many plays concerning topics that could be considered taboo for their time An excellent example of his controversial writing is presented in the play A Streetcar Named Desire This literary work deals with such topics as alcoholism suicide homosexuality promiscuous sexual relations rape and nymphomania The epitome of these problems has in effect caused the destruction of Blanches life the heroine in this play This tragedy is directly caused by a combination of Blanches and societies actions Blanch as a character has many flaws A number of these shortcoming can be related back to the loss of her first love and husband Allan Grey Allen A closet homosexual married Blanch in what could be derived as an attempt to appease societys expectations of a man in this era However it seems that the burden of this secret carried heavy on Allens shoulders as when Blanch found out about this sexual deviation and confronted him in a rather disgusted manner he fell victim to his secret and committed suicide It becomes apparent that the Blanche believes that she is to blame for the unfortunate end of this character and that her relationship previous superceded love and bordered infatuation This is exemplified through the great effect that his death has had even latter in her life This event in Blanches life has left a emotional hole in which she tries to fill with vacant expressions of love Blanches infamous reputation in laurel is the effect of her attempts to fill the emotional hole that was left as a result of Allens death Her vacant expressions of love come in the form of promiscuous relationships with the men in Laurel She spirals to the point where she becomes involved with a student in what seems to be an attempt to recreate the past in the
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