Blanche Dubois

  • Created by: AHJP
  • Created on: 26-02-14 19:25



  • Emotional; hysterical; descending further into fantasy and delusion
  • Frail, but hides it behind feigned extravagance
  • Lost; unsure of what to do without her money or social status
  • Sexual; flirtatious
  • Snobbish; elitist; looks down on Stanley for his lower class
  • Vulnerable; insecure, especially about her age and looks
  • Main protagonist of the play
  • Could also be called an anti-hero
  • Creates drama and conflict, particularly between Stanley and Stella
  • Represents the upper class, contrasting with Stanley, who represents the lower class

Development (Growth & change)

Other information              

  • Blanche enters the play as a liar who knows she is lying. However, she descends further and further into her fantasies until they become delusions, indistinguishable from reality.
  • Blanche's relationship with Stanley deteriorates throughout the play, inevitably leading to the **** in Scene 10
  • English teacher; fired after becoming involved with a pupil
  • 'Turn that over-light off! Turn that off! I won't be looked at in this merciless glare.' (1.75)
  • 'A woman's charm is fifty percent illusion.' (2.129)
  • 'I don't want realism, I want magic!' (9.43)
  • 'I don't tell the truth. I tell what ought to be truth.' (9.43)
  • 'I have always depended on the kindness of strangers' (11.123)


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