The Complexity of Blanch's Character in a Streecar Named Desire.

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In the play A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams portrayed Blanche to be an extremely complex character. She was depicted as a delicate, pure woman, and eventually a lonely alcoholic! She was neither completely good nor bad, because she was so torn by conflicting and contradictory desires and needs. It is evident that the tragedies that occurred in her life contribute to the complexity of her character. In the very first scene of the play Blanche appeared wearing a white suit. As Williams describes her, "She is daintily dressed in a white suit with a fluffy bodice, necklace and earrings of pearl, white gloves and hat, looking as if she were arriving at a summer tea or cocktail party in the garden district" (15). White, being…show more content…
She couldn't handle being so closely exposed to something that she has avoided all of her life. It was going against all she believe in by bringing in a sense of reality and realism. She was raped by a man who knew her and made her face reality. He destroyed her, and in a way he eventually made her something of his. Blanche was an extremely diverse character who exhibits many different roles. Saddik stated, "Blanche's nostalgia for the past and her idealization of human behavior can therefore be described as a ‘non realistic view' of the world, although it is a view which is certainly represented realistically" (66). Her life was a lesson in how a single tragic event can ruin the future. The thing that drove Blanch to her insanity had to be the death of her young husband. At the age of sixteen, she fell in love with and married a young boy. She believed that life with Allan was perfect. Her faith was shattered when she discovered he was bi-sexual. She was disgusted and expressed her disappointment in him. This caused him to commit suicide. Blanche could not get over the horrible event. She held herself responsible for his untimely death. "It was because–on the dance-floor–unable to stop myself–I'd suddenly said–‘I saw! I know! You disgust me.' " (96). To escape from the void that the death created in her life, Blanche resorted to alcohol and sex.
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