Assess the significance of why Blanche would feel guilty regarding the story about Allan Grey's death.

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When Blanche recounts the story of Allan Grey's death, in scene six, she describes him as "a boy, just a boy" who came to her "for help." She says that he was, metaphorically, "in the quicksands and clutching at me" but that she was unable to help him. The implication here is that Allan felt ashamed of his homosexuality and wanted desperately to love Blanche so that he could convince himself that he was, or at least could be, heterosexual. Part of the guilt that Blanche feels for the death of Allan Gray is possibly related to her feeling that she was unable to help somebody that she loved and somebody who desperately wanted to be helped. He was a "helpless" boy who needed to be rescued, but she couldn't or wouldn't rescue him.

The significance of Blanche's guilt for her part in Allan Gray's death is also that it is perhaps the catalyst for her slow, inevitable psychological breakdown. Indeed, when she recalls the events surrounding his death, the stage directions indicate that she hears...

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