To What Extent Can Blanche Dubois Be Described as a Victim in a Street Car Named Desire?

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This play is about people who display cruelty and harshness in their treatment to others, especially those who are weak and vulnerable. Blanche Dubois is the central victim of mistreatment even though she had tried to make Stanley the victim. She displays her self as fragile and moth like, dealing out her share of insensitivities that happened during her younger days. Also because of her moth like image, the other characters see her as an easy target to knock down and use her insecurities against her. Her figure and appearance also reveals her vulnerability and delicacy. “Slim figure, face of delicate, fading beauty” All this and her clinging on to material preferences, being reassured by alcohol make her a victim to ours and the other characters eyes. “In some kinds of people some tendered feelings have had some little beginning! That we have to make grow! And cling to, and hold as our flag!” Even thought she has a habit of bringing her insecurities to the surface, she still believes she is a strong successful woman. “I’m not young and vulnerable any more” She shows this in how she is stuck up and snobby, insulting Stanley and persuading Stelia that he is just an animal and nothing more. He acts like an animal, has an animal’s habits! Eats like one, moves like one, talks like one!” She refuses to be calm and flutters around like she can not relax. You can see this in her speech as she contradicts her self and answers her own questions. This isolates her from the other characters as they are more laid back or sociable to other people. Also as she can not let go of guilt and others can, for example when Stanley is abusive to Stelia, he sees his mistakes and leaves them be, though when Blanche talks about her past and her youth, it seems that she can not forgive her self for something that was not her fault. This also isolates her and is the other reason why she is a victim. She drinks because she is guilty about her husband’s deaths; her taking long baths is a...
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