to attract men. To Mitch, she is ready to give her whole being. When troubled, the dance tune that was playing when Allan committed suicide haunts her until she drinks enough so as to hear the shot which then signals the end of the music. Whats so interesting is that Blanches ideals about herselfas the quintessential Southern belleare also completely false, but she cant even recognize that her own actions clash with her self-image. For each", you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: ). Plus so much more. Blanche has no money or prospects, and is essentially living off Stanley while she stays as a guest in his rather small and cramped apartment. Young, young, young man!
SparkNotes : A Streetcar Named Desire : Character List
Does Williams condemn her for this? Blanches inability to accept that strangers have only been kind to her in return for sex reflects her magical perception of the world. Noit just means shed rather not drop this bombshell on her sister immediately. Summary: Blanche, one of the two main protagonists of the play, is an extremely complicated character whom we see struggle with internal conflicts throughout the play. This tragic irony is at the heart of her character, as shown by that famous last line of hers: I have always depended on the kindness of strangers (11.123). She does this as she prefers to view life as a pleasant dream as opposed to having the ugly realities of life exposed. What start off as harmless flights of fancy soon escalate to a dangerous level. Blanche begins dating Stanley's friend Harold "Mitch" Mitchell, who is distinct from Stanley in his courtesy and propriety, and sees in him a chance for happiness. As she leaves, she says, "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers." Thus, Blanche's life ends in the hands of the strange doctor. As the noise recedes she straightens and slowly continues speaking. After their first argument in Scene Two, she tells Stella: "I called him a little boy and laughed and flirted. When Stanley rifles through the personal things in Blanches trunk, its as though hes violating her as well.