Essay about Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire

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While watching A Streetcar named Desire, the character of Blanche Dubois at first appeared to be a weak self-absorbed southern woman, when really what started coming from her character was a flawed personality. What is not known is whether this is something that runs in the family, or has only shown itself through Blanche. Since this was during a time when mental illness was not yet studied deeply, the way Blanche is treated while succumbing to her illness and how she was sent off to the mental hospital was rather archaic. Blanche is the central character and the movie shows her spiraling down into the abyss of mental illness apparently escalated by the loss of family, her home and the treatment by Stanley. Inside, Blanche …show more content…
The person may be unable to cope with losses or failures.” which in the case of Blanche, appears to be her problem. She showed the provocative behavior towards Stanley at first and during points within the movie while also performing to gain the attention of those around her.
Blanche was deeply ensconced in the belle of the south rearing she had received growing up, and played that to the best of her ability. The disorder she suffered from may have had its groundings in that southern way of raising girls during that era. In the movie, Blanche relies on her upbringing to portray the helpless female image she uses to get what she wants from a person or in a situation. One of the lines in the movie caters to her narcissistic self, while at the same time using her belle of the south upbringing to her advantage when she was speaking with Mitch, a possible love interest. Blanche states, “I can't stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action.” By making that statement, Blanche first attempts to cover her aging from the harsh light and then pulls out the dainty little lady card by making the point of tolerating neither rudeness nor vulgarity.
As part of her illness, flirting and promiscuity come into play during different parts of her life. At one point in the movie, it was told by Stanley to Stella how Blanche had been asked to Bryan 3 leave the
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