Blanche a Streetcar Named Desire

Topics: Empathy, Emotions, Truth Pages: 2 (580 words) Published: April 13, 2013
Sympathy for Blanche, ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’.

In the play ‘A Streetcar Names Desire’, I sympathize with Blanche to a large extent, but my sympathy has a limit. Blanche comes off as rude and later as a liar, which sets the limits to my sympathy which comes from the reasons behind her actions. I pity Blanche at the times where her loneliness is strong, when she gets stood up at her birthday, and finally when her sister abandons her. Opposing to the compassion, my sympathy pendulum stops swaying at the moments where she’s lying and the truth reveals, and when she’s trying to ruin Stella’s marriage. There are also times in the plat where I sympathize with Blanche at the same time don’t.

At the start of the play, I instantly dislike Blanche due to her obnoxious behavior as she tells Eunice ‘What I meant was I want to be left alone’. Soon after, Blanche confronts Stella about how Stella left, explains the conditions of the past, and tries to make Stella feel bad, ‘And looked out for yourself’, halting my sympathy as she’s scolding Stella for trying to be happy. Even so, I do sympathize with Blanche at that point because the conditions she describes, ‘Even the old sometimes say, ‘Don’t let me go!’’ show why Stella should have stayed to help and slightly hints the reason for Blanche’s insanity. Later as Blanche acts out of jealousy and tries to talk Stella into leaving Stanley, ‘He’s common’, I do not empathize with her, as her actions are self-centered and have no efficient reason. Further into the play, my pity is almost non-existent as she kisses the young newspaper boy and states, ‘I’ve got to be good and keep my hands off children’, as it shows she has no morals. A t that same period I dislike her as she lies about Shep Huntleigh. When the truth about Blanche’s sexual past reveals, I do not sympathize with her as her past is disturbing, unrespectable and looked down upon. I pity Blanche most as Stella speaks of Blanche’s dead husband. ‘Worshipped...
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