Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williamʼs A Streetcar Named Desire

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I would like to analyze a tragic heroine Blanche DuBois appearing in a play A Streetcar Named Desire (1947) written by Tennessee Williams. My intention is to concentrate on the most significant features of her nature and behaviour and also on various external aspects influencing her life and resulting in her nervous breakdown. I would like to discuss many themes related to this character, such as loss, desire and longing for happiness, beauty and youth, pretension, lies and imagination, dependence on men and alcoholism.
Blanche DuBois is a very complex character. She is referred as a Southern belle, a woman with fading beauty but still an attractive female. As for her nature, she can be described as a lonely and hypersensitive young woman
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This tragic marriage and feelings of guilt and grief have been haunting her since the time which can be seen in a recurring motif of a polka tune Varsouviana which „[has been] caught in [her] head“ (Williams 113) and which she associates with the night her husband committed suicide. It is obvious that she has never come to terms with her past. Whenever someone mentions her dead husband, she does not feel well: „The boy - the boy died. Iʼm - going to be sick!“ (Williams 31) She realizes that she is responsible for his death and does not know how to deal with it which results in her love affairs, withdrawal from reality and the final mental breakdown.
Concerning her love affairs, it must be mentioned why she got involved in so many relationships, even with a seventeen-year-old student, resulting in the loss of her good reputation and dismissal from a high school. The reason is simple: she has longed for happiness and love. She has been trying to find another man to be happy. She herself describes it: „After the death of Allan - intimacies with strangers was all I seemed able to fill my empty heart with.“ (Williams 118). However, when she comes to her sister Stella and her husband Stanley, she keeps lying both to herself and to them. She pretends to be nothing but a respectable and honourable woman. She tries to persuade them that she is flawless, although her pretentious refinement looks
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