Streetcar Named Desire

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Charlie Johnson A Street Car Named Desire English Literature Coursework Some interpretations have portrayed tragic heroines as manipulative plotters driven by passionate desires. Others have seen them as victims of the society in which they live. Bearing in mind these two readings, how do you respond to the dramatic presentation of the character of Blanche in William’s named desire. Tennessee William’s A Streetcar Named Desire portrays Blanche as a victim to the audience. We see this throughout the play. When we are first introduced with Blanche she is described as ‘there is something about her uncertain manner, as well as her white clothes that’s suggests a moth’. This already highlights to the reader that she is different, and stands out. Also ‘moth’ could represent that’s Blanche doesn’t like the light so by describing her this way could be hinting to the audience what she is like, and that she doesn’t like being in the light or being seen in the light. Also Stanley and Blanches conflict is very noticeable to the readers, the conflict between them is a big part of the play. There is noticeable sexual tension between them, an example of this is when Stella is in the bathroom, and Stanley takes of his shirt in order to be comfortable, where Blanche seems to be ok with this, but it comes across to the audience later on in the play, that she was uncomfortable being there. Blanche comes across as a ‘man-eater’ because an important characteristic, that’s Blanche seems to not be able to talk to men in a non-sexual way, even men that it is inappropriate to talk to like that, such as Stanley her brother in law. This is a contradiction to where she comes from, because she has been brought up around the old south standards, which is not to have sex until married, and Blanche shows little refection to this. When Stanley finds out the real Blanche he exposes her to
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