Blanche is Stella’s eccentric sister, she comes to Elysian Fields for help because she has gone through a traumatic period and is struggling with who she is. Malvolio is is a typical brown nose, he will do anything to gain favor of Countess Olivia. However those opposite characters explore the same themes.Through their roles in Twelfth Night and A Streetcar named Desire, Malvolio and Blanche both undergo unrequited love and downfall but because sympathy is created for Blanche both characters have an opposite effect on the audience. Blanche’s downfall in A Streetcar Named Desire is immensely dramatic because during the play, tension is build up and the audience understands she is a victim of circumstance. Throughout the play Blanche repeatedly hears Varsouviana Polka in her head, nobody else can hear it.
Blanch Dubois is presented as the sympathetic character in Tennessee William's A Streetcar Named Desire as she battles mental anguish, depression, failure and disaster. During scene one, the audience is introduced to Blanche as Stella's sister, who is going to stay with her for a while. Blanch tries her best to act normal and hide her emotion from her sister, but breaks down at the end of scene one explaining to Stella how their old home, the Belle Reve, was "lost." It is inferred that the home had to be sold to cover the massive funeral expenses due to the many deaths of members of the Dubois family. As Blanche whines to her sister, "All of those deaths!
After which, he confesses his affection to her and states that he had affection to her ever since she came to New Orleans, He then shockingly rapes her. Weeks later, Blanche is suffering from a mental breakdown, she had told Stella what Stanley has done and because of Stella's mistrust of her own sister she chooses Stanley's side. With nothing else to do to help her sister Stella sends Blanche to an asylum. Blanche's past has ruined her to the point where when she is truthfully right no one would believe her because of her own past. By living a life of deception, misconceptions, and loneliness she has ruined her life and The symbolism of the Tennessee Williams title "A Streetcar Named Desire" is ironic.
Literary Reference Center. Web 3 Dec. 2013. William points out how the character Blanche DuBois was a washed up Southern-Belle who found herself staying with her sister Blanche. The tragedy of Blanche is that her life isn't connected with reality. She has been in an alcoholic flight from reality.
Blanche and Stella had a life together once in Bel Reve and when Stella decided to move on in her life and leave, Blanche never could forgive her. This apparent in the scene when Blanche first arrives in New Orleans and meets Stella at the bowling alley. Stella and Blanche sit down for a drink and we immediately see Blanche's animosity towards Stella. Blanche blames Stella for abandoning her at Bel Reve, leaving Blanche to handle the division of the estate after their parents die. As result of Stella's lack of support, we see Blanche become dependent on alcohol and lose her mental state.
Blanche describes the deaths she witnessed compared to what Stella saw,“Funerals are quiet, but deaths- not always. Sometimes their breathing is hoarse, and sometimes it rattles, and sometimes they even cry out to you, ‘Don’t let me go.’...As if you were able to stop them!”(lines 32-35). Blanche’s deteriorating mental state is evident here, she refers to death as if it were a person. She acts as if it is death calling out to her not the person dying. Blanche gives death the attributes of a dying person, this is her dehumanizing the deaths in order for her mind to better process her losses.
However, this isn’t the only time where Blanche tries to preserve her juvenescence. She is constantly bathing to “calm” her nerves and she says “a women’s charm is fifty percent illusion,” (Williams 41) referring to her clothing and looks. Without these things Blanche’s life is not worth living. The excessive baths are a way for Blanche to cleanse herself from her problems, including drinking and her promiscuity. Truly with nothing, Blanche goes to Elysian Fields to visit her sister.
Before Edna was able to swim, she describes herself as a “tottering, stumbling, clutching chi... ... middle of paper ... ... the water in this passage, and her decision on whether or not to conform to the expectations of society. Her inability to swim in the beginning exhibits how Edna has been conforming to the expectations of society by becoming both a wife and mother, and as a result has developed the depression. Edna was able to defeat her depression, represented by her learning how to swim, by choosing the more solitary path. It can also be seen that Edna’s hold on her depression is very unsteady and wavering, which shows that she might not be able to control it. In the end she was “reaching out for the unlimited in which to lose herself.”(Chopin 74), which shows that she is unable to contain her creative self within and she is looking for an escape from society.
The charact... ... middle of paper ... ...lay, the playwright uses strong female characters to embody these theme. A Streetcar Named Desire takes place after World War II and reflects the changes going on in America mainly the shift from old southern values to new industrial ones. Blanche symbolizes traditional values and the impact a changing nation has on the people while Stanley contrasts this by representing the new post-war American ideals. In Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Maggie symbolizes the American dream by showing how to climb up from nothing. Lastly, In Born Yesterday, Billie symbolizes America as a whole, as well as The People of our Nation.
In the novel, A Streetcar Named Desire, the author, Tennessee Williams, revealed one of her many tragedies she's experienced in her life when Blanche and her sister, Stella Kowalski, were first introduced in the play. Blanche arrives at Stella's house and informs her sister that their beloved plantation, Belle Reve, was sold and they lost everything that they owned, including her family members that had previously pasted away (Williams, Scene I). Studies show that Blanche had yet another loss in her life, her homosexual husband, Alan, who committed suicide because she told him he was disgusting, while drunk at a party. Studies show that the death of a spouse is a devastating event, even if it is expected, you go through a period of intense shock, grief and loss (Byrne). That time period is the reason she constantly yearned to find a new man to make love to, toy with, or use them for attention.