Was Blanche Doomed From The Beginning? #3

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  • Mitch
    • Jealousy
      • As soon as Blanche and Mitch had interacted there were signs of jealous from Stanley. There two explanations for this jealousy.
        • 1) The jealousy is directed at MITCH: Stanley could be feeding into his 'alpha male' bravado, in which he may feel it is his duty to have and control any female in his territory, so to speak. This would be Blanche and Stella. Therefore, Mitch threaten that authority.
          • 2) The jealousy is directed at BLANCHE: Stanley could be threatened by her influence on Mitch, as well Stella. If Blanche used her full persuasive potential, it is arguable that she could have turned both Mitch and Stella away from Stanley, threatening his authority over them.
            • Mitch is Stanley's best friend and, although he doesn't exactly treat him with the etiquette we would expect from best friends, he still has a significant amount of influence over Mitch. Enough influence to destroy his blooming relationship with Blanche.
              • The eventual collapse of Mitch and Blanche's relationship, courtesy of Stanley, was Blanche's last chance of being stable and secure, as well as having a stable support system. Instead, later on in the play she is forced into insanity.
    • Stanley
      • Mitch is Stanley's best friend and, although he doesn't exactly treat him with the etiquette we would expect from best friends, he still has a significant amount of influence over Mitch. Enough influence to destroy his blooming relationship with Blanche.
        • The eventual collapse of Mitch and Blanche's relationship, courtesy of Stanley, was Blanche's last chance of being stable and secure, as well as having a stable support system. Instead, later on in the play she is forced into insanity.
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