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"Streetcar Named Desire" By Tennesse Williams.

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Going... Going... GoneThroughout the course of Tennessee William's play, A Streetcar Named Desire, the character Blanche DuBois goes from being slightly mentally disturbed, to, by the end of the play, utterly mentally destroyed. Blanche DuBois goes through several changes throughout the play; most of them concentrate upon her relationship with other characters. But also, Blanche suffers her own change, an ever-growing slide into outright mental collapse. As Williams shows the change which happens to Blanche is something which can happen anywhere in society, a societal ill, and yet which society choose to ignore or to throw away because of societies inability to cope with the growing burden. In any case, Blanche DuBois goes through both extroverted and introverted changes through the play, A Streetcar Named Desire.Blanche's relationship with Stella suffers a negative change by the end of the play. When Blanche and Stella first meet, William's own stage direction says that Stella is 'calling out joyfully'. The stage direction also offers that they embrace during that first meeting. This is evidence of the, at first, clearly sisterly relationship between Stella and Blanche. Also, Stella defends her sister at first, as when Stanley questions Blanche vehemently about Belle Reve, and then, to Stella, accuses Blanche of a swindle, Stella says, "... you don't know how ridiculous you are being when you suggest that my sister or I, or anyone of our family, could have perpetrated a swindle on anyone else." Also, Stella takes Blanche out to Galatoire's on the poker night, showing a certain care for her sister's ill disposition. But the relationship of Blanche and Stella begins to fray right after the Poker Night. Blanche feels appalled by Stanley's actions, as in that he hit Stella in a drunken rage. Stella, though, goes back to Stanley, over Blanche's objections. Later, after Blanche has finished a tirade against Stanley, Stella runs to him and hugs him. In either case, Stella shows that she is more committed to Stanley then to Blanche. Finally, the relationship frays completely and basically ends, at the end of the play, where Stella choose to not believe Blanche's story of being raped by Stanley, and instead sends Blanche to a mental hospital. Within the play, the relationship between Blanche and Stella goes from one of sisterly love, to one of necessary neglect, and an acceptance of 'necessary' evil by Stella.Blanche's relationship with Stanley within the play changes several times during the course of events. At first, Blanche feels that Stanley is a commoner who she cannot expect better from. As she implies with the comment to Stella that perhaps Stella had been blinded by Stanley's military decorations and therefore ignored his "civilian background". Within the first conflict with Stanley, over Belle Reve and the papers about it, Blanche attempts to laugh off much of Stanley's comments and jibes. Later in the play, Blanche changes to feel disgust for...

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