Blanche Dubois

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The leading female protagonist, Blanche Dubois, serves as an allegory for the loss of the Old South, representing the genteel society of Southern plantation owners through the nineteenth century. The DuBois sisters serve as remnants of Southern aristocracy. After the loss of Belle Reve, all that remains are idealistic pretensions. It is these pretensions that Blanche uses as a foundation to construct a new reality for herself. In contrast the character of Stanley suggests that the reality of a changing society is not a kind or merciful one. Williams displays deterioration of Blanche, and the sexual corruption of Stella, to represent the inability for manners and femininity to survive in a new society which criticises the loss of tradition of …show more content…

Blanche uses her illusions to impress those around her, to cope with the actual reality of her life and restore a sense of identity. As the play progresses, Williams explores Blanche’s mind and why she cannot ‘bear very much’ of anything. Her character is continually delirious and reliant on substances. In scene one she was ‘[nervously tampering her cigarette]’ and describes how she ‘was on the verge of lunacy’. Her ignorance to her psychological derail alongside obvious alcoholism, damages the creditability of her character. Therefore, blanches character can constantly be questioned and criticised due to the stage directions continuingly coining her as ‘nervous’ and erratic. In truth, her reality is that she was run out of Laurel for promiscuity. Her refusal to accept and confront her past explains why Blanche, especially, constructs her own reality, and how Williams characterised according to individual realities differing to articulate one living environment. An environment which is essentially dysfunctional and corrupting to the weakest in humankind. Whilst it is in human nature to avoid reality, to some extent Blanche seeks to confront the reality of her sexual need; through instigating sexual favours with Mitch and the ‘young man’ from the Evening Star, alongside flirting with Stanley in the Scene One. Blanche is constantly searching for sexual gratification, and a southern gentleman which doesn’t exist in reality. Even her perception of herself is false as she presents herself as a virgin, a facade which she desperately exploits to ineffectively protect her from the realities of her life. The gradual reveal of Blanche’s past is dramatically effective and shows a development in her character. By learning about her former husband, Alan Grey, it shows how he couldn’t bear the reality of his homosexuality. In addition, Stella describes its impact on

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