A Street Car Named Desire - 3

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It is very difficult to assess whether Stanley or Blanche herself is more to blame for Blanche’s destruction, which is sealed by the end of Scene Eleven. To some extent, Blanche brought her fate upon herself by leading an immoral and almost crazy life. But Blanche’s desire and her two-facedness do not clear Stanley of his malicious pursuit of Blanche’s vulnerabilities. Stanley is a thoughtless and insensitive person. To Stanley, the fact that Blanche’s husband committed suicide renders her a weak rather than sympathetic person. Stanley’s behavior toward Blanche seems even crueler once he reveals that Blanche is not just erratic and sensitive but also mentally unsound. Although Blanche has brought bad fate upon herself, Stanley is the to blame for the ruin of Blanche in the end because Stanley manages to destroy what self-esteem and sense of being Blanche had left in her life after all the burdens that have fallen upon her. Stanley’s intense hatred of Blanche is motivated in part by the noble past Blanche represents. He also sees her as untrustworthy and does not appreciate the way she attempts to fool him and his friends into thinking she is better than they are. Stanley’s hatred toward Blanche shows itself in all of his actions toward her like his investigations of her past, the birthday gift that he gives her, and his sabotage of the relationship between Blanche and Mitch. In scene ten Blanche speaks out to Stanley about his cruelty, “But some things are not forgivable. Deliberate cruelty is not forgivable! It is the one unforgivable thing, in my opinion, and the one thing of which I have never, never been guilty.” Stanley then follows up by saying, “I've been on to you from the start! Not once did you pull any wool over this boy's eyes! You come in here and sprinkle the place with powder and spray perfume and cover the light bulb with a paper lantern, and lo and behold the place has turned into Egypt and you are the Queen of the Nile! Sitting on your throne...
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