An Interpretation of Blanche’s Tragic Fate in A Streetcar Named Desire

Zheng Dongxia


This paper mainly focuses on Blanche’s personal factor and social factors that caused the tragic fate of Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire written by Tennessee Williams. The illusion of Blanche is one of the author’s delicate creations. On the one hand, Blanche wanted to go after a new life and true love; on the other hand, she was not scared of confronting the fact of life. The division of her individuality led to her tragic fate. Blanche was a victim of two vicious systems: feudalism of the old South and capitalism of the rejuvenated union. The moral standard and value of life made her incapable of doing something. She regarded men as the anchor for her life and lacked resolution to live in the society. Finally, she was dropped by men as well as the society.



Blanche; Tragic fate; A Streetcar Named Desire

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