When the play begins, Blanche is a fallen woman in society’s eyes. Her family fortune and estate are gone she lost her young husband to suicide years earlier, and she is a social outcast due to her sexual behavior. She also has a bad drinking problem, which she doesn't hide very well. Behind her facade of being high class, Blanche is an insecure individual who has been disowned by society. She is an aging Southern belle who lives in a state of panic about her fading beauty. Her manner is dainty and frail, and she sports a wardrobe of showy but cheap evening clothes. Stanley quickly sees through Blanche’s act and seeks out information about her past.
In the Kowalski household, Blanche pretends to be a woman who has never known indignity. Her facade doesn't just consist of snobbery, but it is also an attempt to make herself appear attractive to new male that could possibly marry her. Blanche depends on male sexual admiration for her sense of self-esteem, which means that she has often given in to passion. By marrying, Blanche hopes gentleman savior and caretaker Shep Huntleigh no longer exists in her life, Blanche is left with no realistic possibility of future happiness. As Blanche sees it, Mitch is her only chance for contentment, even though he is not really her type. Her motto is if you can't have exactly what you want you should settle for what you can get. Stanley’s relentless hostility of Blanche ruins her pursuit of Mitch as well as her attempts to shield herself from the harsh truth of her situation. The story is mainly about the crumbling of Blanche’s self-image and sanity. Stanley himself takes the final stabs at Blanche, destroying the remainder of her sexual and mental esteem by raping her and then committing her to an insane asylum. In the end, Blanche blindly allows herself to be led away by a kind doctor, ignoring her sister’s cries. This final image is the sad culmination of Blanche’s vanity and total dependence...
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