Was Blanche Doomed From the Beginning? #7

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  • Streetcars & Elysian Fields
    • Desire
      • It can be argued that desire is the main reason for Blanche's downfall, she even argues this herself to an extent when talking to Mitch -
        • "A girl alone in the world, has got to keep a firm hold o her emotions or she'll be lost!"
      • Desire is the "rattle-trap streetcar" that takes Blanche to Elysian Fields, which initially is the start of her downfall (Stanley)
    • Cemeteries
      • Another streetcar is called Cemeteries, suggesting that to reach a cemetery (death) you must ride desire. This is exactly what Blanche does. Her desire leads to her own metaphorical death.
        • In Greek Mythology, the Elysian Fields are resting places for valiant heroes. This relates to Stanley as he is a war hero and throughout the play we see him in leisure, he hardly mentions or does any work.
          • Elysian Fields has two meanings: Death or New Beginnings. These were the options Blanche had, and as we see, she is subjected to (metaphorical) death.
        • Desire is the "rattle-trap streetcar" that takes Blanche to Elysian Fields, which initially is the start of her downfall (Stanley)
    • Elysian Fields
      • In Greek Mythology, the Elysian Fields are resting places for valiant heroes. This relates to Stanley as he is a war hero and throughout the play we see him in leisure, he hardly mentions or does any work.
        • Elysian Fields has two meanings: Death or New Beginnings. These were the options Blanche had, and as we see, she is subjected to (metaphorical) death.

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