Tragic Flaws In "A Streetcar Named Desire"

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In the play A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams gives the main characters of the story tragic flaws which ultimately bring them down. The tragic heroes are contrasted from others in the play by their flaws that lead to their ultimate downfall in the end. Blanche du Bois, is a perfect example of a character who's tragic flaw ultimately leads to her downfall in the end, and Stanley Kowalski is a character who's flaws hinder Blanche and in the end bring her down. Blanche's biggest flaw in the play is her desire. This desire arises because of her constant loneliness which she puts up with after her husband's tragic death. From that point on her life, she goes sliding down a slippery slope. Blanche goes on a search for guys who would fulfill her desire, yet she never gets an adequate amount, so she moves on. This only perpetuates her suffering and dirties her name and reputation. After she has nowhere to go, her desire brings her to her sister's doorsteps. "They told me to take a street-car named Desire." (Williams 15). Another flaw that Blanche has is peripheral, yet it contributes to a reaction which explodes into something that leads to Blanche's downfall. Since she is a perfectionist, when she comes to live with Stella and Stanley, she tries to change their ways of living by decorating the place and performing other modifications to the lifestyles of the married couple. This sets off a negative attitude in Stanley since he can not live the way he lived before Blanche appeared in their life. Now that she is here, he can not fulfill his desires, which mostly have to do with sex. Stanley's biggest flaw is his character. He is a domineering and possessive husband who has an abundance of pride. "Remember what Huey Long said-'Every Man is a King!' And I am the king around here, so don't forget it!" (Williams 107). When Blanche comes into his life with her
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