Inside, Blanche had wantonness, sexual desire that she apparently gave into frequently at the Flamingo Hotel. Though it was never stated directly in the movie, the assumption placed before the audience was that Blanche had been involved in a form of prostitution. This may have been a factor to her declining mental health, or could have been a side effect of her condition. Mental illness presents differently through each person. What may have appeared to the other characters as choices for Blanche may have been something she was not able to control. It is not clear whether she had been that way before her marriage.
The way that Blanche’s character was written shows a strong tendency towards a mental health issue known as Histrionic Personality Disorder. The earmarks of this illness are as follows: excessively emotional, need for an audience, shallow and rapidly shifting emotions, inappropriate sexual or provocative behavior, and does not form strong relational bonds amongst a wh...
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...sed, Stella used the same defense mechanism Blanche resorted to, to help Stella endure the pain in her life. The emotional response was to believe how life should be and not as it actually was resulted in a fairytale like expectation of their own world.
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