"A Street Car Named Desire", By Tennessee Williams Is Blanche Guilty Of Her Own Misfortunes?

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All over the play, Williams, shows us a succession of unfortunate events in Blanche´s life. Many may think she is a total victim. In contrast, it can be thought that the events are because of her entire fault.To begin with, the fact that she lost Bell Reeve can be because of her fault and because she had not take care of her property. However, it is true to say that in some way this was a consequence of the chauvinist society in which women were not able to progress without men and they were not prepared or educated to be in charge of business. This can be seen in the way Blanche was looking desperately for a man instead of a job because she is nothing without one. For example, in scene four (p.159 Penguin) Blanche says to her sister "you know I w ...view middle of the document...

In scene ten the rape is described (p.215 Penguin) "He picks up her inert figure and carries her to bed" and we can see how she managed to stop him "Stay back! Don´t you come towards me another step or I´ll … she smashes a bottle on the table and faces him…" Stanley knew that she was not very sane and although she had flirt with him, as she did with all the men, she did never insinuated that she wanted to have relations with him and it was very clear that she didn´t like him.The culminating event in Blanche´s story is when she was taken to a mental institution. This is a consequence of all she had been through during her hard life, for example, the fact that her husband was homosexual and he committed suicide, the lost of Bell Reeve leaving her with nothing, and Stanley´s rape, which finally drive her to madness. It can be seen that Blanche was completely mad at the end of scene eleven by her behavior, she was expecting a very rich man who was supposed to come for her and take her away with him, but she had no communication with this man in the whole play and we don´t know if he really existed. Her nervous and frenzied attitude made the people around her think that she was crazy from the beginning, so Stella preferred to believe her husband and not her.In conclusion, I think Blanche is responsible for what happen to her up to a certain point because, although there are some things that happened because of her own acts and she is totally responsible for them, the other character´s acts had an important influence on her and have a part of responsibility for her misfortunes.note: this essay has been written based on my personal point of view and based on the events ocurred in the book.bibliography: a street car named desire, by tennessee williams.

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