How is Blanche DuBois Portrayed as a Tragic Villain in Scenes 6 and 10 in a Streetcar Named Desire

Examine scenes 6 and 10 of A Streetcar Named Desire in detail. Would you agree that Williams has represented Blanche as a tragic heroine?

"A Streetcar Named Desire" consists of many themes that outline contrasts between people, society and to some extents even colours. With Stanley Kowalski, the character who victimises Blanche, being the contrast of Blanche Dubois it is clear that the character of Stanley is going to after a power struggle with Blanche in which Stanley is more dominant and therefore the victor. However, I believe that to the crowd this victory is hollow as they are more sympathetic towards Blanche Dubois when she is at her weakest points - displayed in scenes six and ...

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at the sky". She treats Mitch almost child-like with patronising statements such as "Good boy" which reinforces the fact that she likes to be in control of him and says that she is "flattered you-desired me!" This makes their relationship seem like forced love because despite the fact most actions are done "uneasily" Mitch still pursues for more "Can I-uh-kiss you-good night?" Blanche makes brash statements for example when she says Mitch is "used to girls that like to be lost" and implies that although he is used to sexual intercourse on the first date that she is not like that and that she "has got to keep a firm hold on her emotions".

However things all change when Mitch asks "How old are you?" which is, and commonly has been throughout the play, Blanche's Achilles heel. With her weakness out in the open she makes a "nervous gesture" and tries to avoid the question by asking "badly?" when Mitch mentions that his mother is ill. Blanche attempts to regain her power by telling ...

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