Theme Of Betrayal In A Streetcar Named Desire

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Tennessee Williams has said, “We have to distrust each other. It is our only defense against betrayal.” Betrayal is prevalent in life and literature and creates uncertainty. According to Williams, without questioning people, one will eventually be betrayed. Characters deceive each other and, occasionally, themselves as they try to mend their lives. In A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, betrayal is evident in every relationship — Blanche and Mitch, Blanche and Stella, and Blanche and Stanley — and contributes to the theme of uncertainty in the novel. Blanche Dubois is the ultimate example of betrayal because she ends up being betrayed and betraying others throughout the play, which serves as a basic model of the effects betrayal can have on a person. One character that has been plagued by betrayal, throughout her entire existence, is Blanche. Blanche’s husband, Allen, first betrays her. She catches him with another man and then shortly after he commits suicide. Being one of the influences behind his death, Blanche began to carry the guilt around with her. Their young love blinds them and hides all the obstacles they had to face. After catching him, she felt like she had lost part of herself, and after he shot himself, she felt like she…show more content…
No one knows what or who to believe, because one minute a character is revealing the truth about someone else and the next minute he is telling a lie. Stella struggles the most with uncertainty because in the end, she makes an ultimatum for herself of either believing her sister or her husband. In the book Stella says, “I couldn’t believe her story and go on living with Stanley,” (Williams, 133). She tells Eunice this after Blanche tries to tell her about what Stanley did to her. The uncertainty Stella and the other characters have to live with often alters their decision making process because they need to rely on their gut rather than the rumor being
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