how was Blanche victim of her fate?please use quotes thanks

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If "fate" can be defined as external conditions outside the control of the individual, I think that there is much out in the world that conspires to ensure that Blanche finds difficulty in being happy.  One of the external and fated events that helps to bring about her own downfall is the fact that Blanche is clinging to a time that is no longer evident.  Blanche's belief in the chivalry and "honor" of Belle Reve is something that animates her being. It is something that is so ingrained in who she is that she is not really in control of acting upon it.  Rather, it is something that is embedded in her and reveals itself to be almost like a force of fate that controls her.  Additionally, I think that Blanche can be seen as a victim of fate in how fundamentally different she is from the world around her.  Blanche is fated to be emotionally destroyed and physically imprisoned by a world that treats difference as not something to be treasured or even tolerated, but rather manipulated.  The ending in which Blanche walks past the men playing cards, one in which she says that she has "always depended on the kindness of strangers," is a moment in which her fated condition of being different plays itself out to its logical conclusion.  In these moments, Blanche can be seen as a victim of fate, or external reality being too strong of a force on her own consciousness.

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