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A Streetcar Named Desire Catherine's Madness

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Brontë presents Catherine’s madness as her being delusional and a hypochondriac in Chapter Eleven, “I’m in danger of being seriously ill.” To the reader, this appears to be Catherine being melodramatic, attention-seeking and her claims of illness is not to be taken seriously. Brontë highlights this as Catherine states “I want to frighten him,” (pg.125) and the reader might be questioning if Catherine actually loves Edgar or whether she loves the attention that he gives her and only using her illness as emotional blackmail. Brontë emphasises this point when Edgar does not visit Catherine or ask after her, and Nelly Dean finds her “dashing her head against the arm of the sofa, and grinding her teeth…” (pg.126) This suggests that Catherine’s…show more content…
“We’ve had this date with each other from the beginning!” (pg.81) This implies that Stanley raping Blanche was a tragic inevitability, that nothing could have been done to change it, just like her madness. Williams reveals more about Blanche’s almost wild madness through the use of stage directions in Scene XI, “The “Varsouviana” is filtered into weird distortion, accompanied by the cries and noises of the jungle.” (pg.87) The combination of usually cheerful music being distorted and sounds that suggest entrapment, Williams is implying that Blanche’s rape, along with her husband’s suicide, is her worst nightmare and she could possibly be mentally trapped and unable to move from this event, as she hears the “Varsouviana” just as she did with the suicide. After Blanche’s rape, Williams presents her as being violent, “Blanche turns wildly and scratches at the Matron.” (XI, pg.88) This suggests that Blanche does not want to be trapped and she wants to be free, just like the tiger in the jungle that Stanley compared her to
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