- Created by: safia rassool
- Created on: 26-02-18 14:41
- Stella's older sister
- Used to be an english teacher in Laurel until she had a sexual affair with a pupil and was asked to leave
- Widowed to Alan, who commited suicide due to being a homosexual man resricted by society at the time
- After loosing Belle Reve, she moved to live with Stella and Stanley in New Orleans, she does not fit in with her surroundings thus the begining of her downfall
- Despite having sexual urges and being promiscuis, Blanche acts innocent and pure.
- She frequently bathes to represent the idea of cleaning herself of sins.
- She avoids reality, symbolically hiding from the light which reveals her true self- she lives in her imagination
- Her mental instability grows due to Stanley, who exposes details of her past, ruins her relationship with Mitch, rapes her and sends her to an insane asylum.
1 of 5
- Younger sister of Blanche
- left Blanche in Mississippi when she was young and moved to New Orleans
- Married her spirit animal, Stanley, they share a relationship that is sexual, animalistic, violent and erratic
- There is clear female stereotype mirrored in Stella, she cooks, cleans and obeys Stanley- there is weakness seen in her lack of ability to stand up for her sister
- She cannot believe Blanches accusations of Stanley and brushes her to the side, this denial of reality shows she has more in common with her sister than she thinks
2 of 5
- Husband of Stella
- Toxic character who is abusive to both his wife and Blanche however he is loyal and passionate to Stella
- He represents the stereotypical macho man, He fought in WW1 he works and provides for Stella
- He conflicts with Blanche because he lacks imagination and ideals, he has no patience for a weak character such as Blanche
- By the end of the play he is a disturbing character who beats his wife, rapes Blanche and shows no remorse for his actions.
- The most unfair part of the play is that Blanche is an outcast and a character such as Stanley is the proud family man.
3 of 5
- Stanleys friend from the army, plays poker with the men
- He courts Blanche until he hears about her shameful past, showing he is easily influenced despite being different to the other men
- Unlike Stanley, Mitch is sensitive and gentlemanly, he lives with his dying mother and has been in love before like Blanche
- Blanche and Mitch are an unlikely match as he does not fit the rich, hero that Blanche invisions, however their damaged pasts allow them to find comfort in one another
- When Blanche is taken away, he is one of the only characters to show despair
4 of 5
Other small parts
- Allan- Blanches deceased husband, never seen on stage but his death haunts Blanche
- Young collector- Teenage boy who Blanche innapropriately kisses, reminds her of the young boy she cheated with
- Shep- Blanches ideal man, he is rich and respectable, she believes he will rescue her
- steve- Stellas upstairs neighbour, he is an abusive brutish man
- Eunice- Steves wife, similar to Stella
- Doctor- Takes blanche away and symbolises the cold, hardness of the mental 'help' that was provided during that time
- Mexican woman- vision in Blanches mind selling flowers for the dead, foreshadows her metaphorical death
5 of 5
Similar English Literature resources: