Blanche Dubois Analysis

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The character of Harold Mitchell fundamentally illustrates the consequences of deceit and illusion in Blanche Dubois’ life. In her quest to restore respect in society, Blanche is impelled to pursue the hand of Mitch. Moreover, the significance of selecting Mitchell as her man revolves around the fact that he conforms to the collective consciousness of modern society. Her idiosyncrasies and unorthodox presence in society dawn upon her as she makes haste to improve her general perception from those surrounding her. Consequently, Mitchell plays an instrumental role in preventing Dubois’ descent into insanity because he bridges the gap between her intrinsic self and her false persona by serving as an empathetic figure capable of understanding the plight of the Southern Belle. Dubois’ illusory nature is fundamentally illustrated by her desire to emulate an “artists’ café on the Left Bank in Paris” (Williams 88) while on a date with Mitchell; moreover, the significance of France as the self-perceived location of her romantic endeavors with Mitchell suggests that Dubois is trying to retain an acceptable fragment of her identity. To elaborate on this sense of identity, it is important to realize that Dubois takes pride in her French heritage as characterized by her propensity to tell those around her that she is “French by extraction” (Williams 55). Her reiterations of French culture and language serve to illustrate two fundamental points: firstly, Dubois acknowledges the incongruous nature of her Southern Belle ideals that hinder her ability to form meaningful relations with people. Secondly, by virtue of acknowledging this incongruity, she makes an attempt to surround herself with others in the confines of her French heritage, thereby... ... middle of paper ... ...g a rift between their friendship. Subsequently after realizing Mitchell’s penchant for her, Dubois promptly plays the victim card once again, calling Kowalski her “executioner” and the man who will “destroy [Dubois]” (Williams 93). Therefore, she evokes the notion in Mitchell that Kowalski is a despicable person who commits diatribes against “vulnerable” women of the Old South (Williams 42). Therefore, one can deduce that Dubois seeks to undermine Kowalski’s power whilst simultaneously reciprocating the isolation and pain she has experienced onto others. The love that Dubois professes for Mitch serves as the pretense for her contemptible victimization of those surrounding her; moreover, in her pursuit of what she subjectively considers to be righteous, her moral compass tangentially approaches the lines of depravation as she victimizes Stanley, Stella, and Mitchell.
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