A Streetcar Named Desire Essay

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A Streetcar Named Desire Essay DRAFT In the play, A Streetcar Named Desire, Stanley Kowalski is and is not responsible for the downfall of Blanche Dubois. He is responsible for her tragic fate due to his physical and emotional cruelty toward her; however, Stanley is not responsible for Blanche’s downfall because she has made many mistakes in her past. She is also unable to face her reality. Blanche comes from an aristocratic background and Stanley is a working class American. Although she has lost all connection to this part of her life, Stanley is not fooled by Blanche’s aristocratic pretenses. Blanche does not want to accept that she is now equal to people like Stanley. She has adopted idealistic and fantastical values to separate herself from average people and to hide the mistakes she has made as well as hiding who she really is as a person. In this play Tennessee Williams explores the complexity of the relationship between these two characters and their inability to understand each other. The abuse that Blanche goes through leads her unstable and emotional nature to the point of mental insanity. Stanley Kowalski is responsible for Blanche Dubois’ downfall because he is deliberately cruel to her and he uncovered her shameful past. From the moment Blanche arrives in New Orleans, Stanley is immediately rude and disrespectful to her. Stanley treats Blanche this way because he sees right through her pretenses. “Now let’s cut the re-bop!” (pg. 40). As the play progresses Stanley becomes increasingly rude to Blanche until he learns of her past from a supply man in Laurel. He uses this information to destroy Blanche’s relationship with Harold “Mitch” Mitchell. The destruction of their relationship is significant because Mitch’s potential marriage proposal to Blanche was her key to living a normal life and finding a man that will love her
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