Blanche’s character has been brought out in the play to symbolize light and shadow. The use of
the symbolism is to show that Blanche's character was not that clear. In that the surroundings and
circumstances that she was in could determine her character. To beginning with, she has not
come to terms with the reality of life after they lost their home. When she visits Stella, she could
not believe the condition in which Stella was living with her husband. Although she had nowhere
to live, it paints an image of someone who is stuck in the past. Blanche’s character can be said to
be two-phased, in that she is a copy of herself.
Blanche presents herself as a woman of class who does not drink, this is totally contrary to her
actions or rather character. The first instance she entered into Stella’s house she was able to trace
a whiskey, poured half a tumble for herself and tossed it down. She carefully replaces the bottle
and washed the tumbler at the sink. She was trying to hold herself as the woman she presented
herself but her inner person came out. She washed the tumbler in which she had drunk on alcohol
to conceal her secret. When she was offered a drink by Stella, she tried to act like someone who
does not drink, although she could not maintain the image.
Blanche exhibited two traits when it came to handling her sister. There are times that she was
dissatisfied with how she was living and body-shamed her. In showing her other side, she
showed love and care towards her sister. Especially after the incidence that she had with Stan.
Blanche was concerned and wanted her sister to move out with her so that she could be safe.
This was moving away from what her sister thought her to be. She was trying to show her sister
that she cared for her.
Blanche had deemed Stanley as being a beast based on how he was treating her sister. On the
other hand, she portrayed characters that were far from what she should have exhibited. She was
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writing a letter to a friend giving false stories of how she was traveling and having fun at her
sister’s place, yet this was not the case. She was in the light while giving her sister advice on
how her husband was a beast and his true colors had not been seen, yet her shadow was
following her. That is her real self-did not seem to leave her alone, she kept portraying a life that
she did not live. She was still stuck in the life they used to live before the house was taken from
Blanche has a two-sided character; it is pretty had to really distinguish or rather say who she is.
This is because, in as much as she tries to be someone else or portray an image of someone else,
her real character will follow her. Although, this paper has highlighted several instances the play
has given many instances where her character has continued to follow her.