A Streetcar Named Desire - Sympathy for Blanche

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‘A Streetcar named Desire,’ is an interesting play, by Tennessee Williams. The character 'Blanche DuBois' is created to evoke sympathy, as the story follows her tragic deterioration in the months she lived with her sister Stella, and brother-in-law Stanley. After reading the play, I saw Blanche as the victim of Stanley's aggressive ways, and I also saw her as a hero in my eyes.
Blanche's devistating past is just one of the reasons I felt sympathy for her. Troubled from her past, Blanche has a sence of falseness, which increasingly becomes apparent to Stanley. Her secrets are revealed, and this unveals a haunting past, and insecurities which were unknown to Stella. It would appear that the lies and desperate clutches to hold onto
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The fact that Stanley ignores this, and tells her -

“I don’t give compliments,”

creates a dilemma for Blanche; she has never been rejected before, and I think this creates sexual tension between Stella and Stanley. It creates an atmosphere between them which comes to its climax towards the end of the play (scene ten), where Stanley says “we’ve had this date with each other from the beginning”.
I think that it's the final scene that evokes the greatest sympathy for Blanche. Having failed in convincing her own sister, Stella, that Stanley raped her, a doctor and a matron come from an asylum to take her away. It is in this moment that Blanche is forced to realise her fantasy ending is not going to come true, and so she decides to leave with the doctor on her arm, trying her hardest to be dignified, she says,

‘I have always depended on the kindness of strangers’.

This quote is crucial to understanding Blanche DuBois - she if full of insecurity, and relies on people who do not recognise or judge her on that. The fact that Stanley saw through her and decided that her lies were nothing more than attention seeking reflects on how perhaps Blanche would be better off in the asylum, in a place where people understand her flaws. This highlights how the people she met in New Orleans only saw things in as they were - in black and white, and because she saw life
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