Blanche has suffered a complete mental breakdown and is to be committed to a mental hospital. Her false propriety is not simply snobbery, however; it constitutes a calculated attempt to make herself appear attractive to new male suitors.
When a doctor and a matron arrive to take Blanche to the hospital, she initially resists them and collapses on the floor in confusion. 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.
She is an aging Southern belle who lives in a state of perpetual panic about her fading beauty. What she means is that she believed her own lies about her age and lady-like demeanor as much as he did.
Here is the man who can give her a sense of belonging and who is also captivated by her girlish charms. Thus, in her first encounters, she fails with Stanley, because she attempts to be what she thinks a lady should be rather than being frank, open, and honest as Stanley would have liked it.
She is visibly dismayed. Despite its shocking scenes and gritty dialogue, the audience applauded for half an hour after the debut performance ended. When Blanche meets Mitch, she realizes that here is a strong harbor where she can rest.
This event, coupled with the fact that Stella does not believe her, sends Blanche over the edge into a nervous breakdown. Ralph Meeker also took on the part of Stanley both in the Broadway and touring companies. She had a series of meaningless affairs to numb her grief, and was soon thrown out of her hometown of Laurel, Mississippias a "woman of loose morals" after sleeping with one of her high school English students.
The pulsing music indicates that Stanley rapes Blanche. It is also later revealed that, years earlier, her husband, Allan Grey, committed suicide after she caught him having sex with another man.
Blanche has descended into a fantasy that an old suitor of hers is coming to provide financial support and take her away from New Orleans. This tragic irony is at the heart of her character, as shown by that famous last line of hers: Blanche becomes terrified to the point that she smashes a bottle on the table and threatens to smash Stanley in the face.
Mitch, present at the poker game, breaks down in tears. She tells him that she will soon be leaving New Orleans with her former suitor Shep Huntleigh, who is now a millionaire. Yet this, too, actually does garner a bit of sympathy for our protagonist.
Now she seems to believe them herself. When the doctor helps Blanche up, she goes willingly with him, saying: The original Broadway production closed, after performances, in Hagen and Quinn took the show on a national tour and then returned to Broadway for additional performances.
Therefore, she tries to alleviate her guilt by giving herself at random to other young men. Blanche resists, but Stanley uses his physical strength to overcome her, and he carries her to bed. One of the most tragic aspects of this story is that we have a hard time imagining an alternative ending.
It seems certain that they will get married.
Stella sobs with her child in her arms, and Stanley comforts her with loving words and caresses. After Mitch has been absent for a while, speaking with Blanche in the bedroom, Stanley erupts, storms into the bedroom, and throws the radio out of the window. She also mentions that she has been given a leave of absence from her teaching position because of her bad nerves.
For a birthday present, he gives her a one-way bus ticket back to Laurel. She therefore tries to captivate Stanley by flirting with him and by using all of her womanly charms. She must have subdued light. She felt also that she was cruel to him in a way that Stanley would like to be cruel to her.
She does not want to see things clearly but wants all ugly truths covered over with the beauty of imagination and illusion.
She still plays the role of the ideal type of person she would like to be. Blanche gives herself to men for other reasons. Finally, the doctor approaches Blanche in a gentle manner and convinces her to leave with him.
After hearing her confessions, we see that Mitch aligns himself with the Stanley world.When the play begins, Blanche is already 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 pariah due to her indiscrete sexual behavior. She also has a bad drinking problem, which she covers up poorly. A short summary of Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire.
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