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A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams

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A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

MITCH: Lies, lies, inside and out, all lies. Referring to the two
critical opinions, explore the extent to which the relationship
between Mitch and Blanche is based on deception and self deception.

Throughout Williams' play an unexpected relationship is developing
before us. This is the one formed between Mitch and Blanche. Two very
different characters who would appear to have nothing in common but
when they dig deeper into each others personalities they find that
have shared many past experiences and this gives them a basis for
their relationship. However, after realising that Blanche is not the
same person that she appears to be, Mitch begins to doubt anything
that she has told him in the past. Can the audience blame him, as they
know that she has even lied to her own sister. What makes her
relationship with Mitch different to that she has with any other
person? What makes him so special that she does not feel the need to
lie to him? Mitch proposes to Blanche that everything that she has
told him is a lie. That the person that he knows her as is make
believe. "Lies, lies, inside and out, all lies" (Scene 9), is the
phrase used by Mitch to convey his feelings to Blanche. He is right.
Blanche had based all her relationships on lies since she had arrived
in Stella and Stanley's house. She felt that it was the only way that
she would be accepted by her sister and brother in law. She was never
expecting to meet such a man as Mitch, but once he did appear she had
to continue the deceit with him, to make sure that she did not
incriminate herself, as she had already spun so many stories for
Stella and Stanley.

Mitch is a very weak character. He stays at home most nights and looks
after his sick mother. This is one of the traits that attracts Blanche
to him, "That one seems - superior to the others, I thought he had
sort of a sensitive look." Mitch as well as being a very weak
character, is also very naïve. According to what he has told Blanche,
he has never had the chance to really fall in love with someone and is
just waiting for the opportunity to come around, after his bad
experiences.

BLANCHE: It sounds like a romance.

MITCH: A pretty sad one. The girl's dead now.

Once he said this to Blanche, he had opened the gates for her to begin
her manipulation. She was very aware of the pain that he may have felt
about such things, as she too had felt the loss of someone that she
was in love with. However, she has no queries about lying to Mitch in
order to make him fall for her. This is the real beginning of the
deception, not only to Mitch, but subconsciously Blanche is being
deceived by her own story telling.

There have been many critical opinions about the subject of the
deception and the self deception which plays a large role in the
relationship between Blanche and Mitch. Both Londre and Cardullo have
come to the conclusion that Blanche only does...

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