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In A Streetcar Named Desire, who is the real Blanche: the innocent and charming lady or the degenerate and promiscuous woman?

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Blanche DuBois is depicted as a rather complex character in Tennessee Williams's classic play A Streetcar Named Desire. She is certainly not an innocent woman, but it would be considered harsh and unfair to label her a degenerate individual.

Blanche is portrayed as a traumatized woman with a tainted past. She relies on her imagination to deal with the harsh realities of her desperate situation. The audience learns that Blanche's husband was gay and committed suicide, which is a traumatic incident that she blames on herself. His suicide significantly affected Blanche's mental health, and she struggles to suppress the difficult memory. The audience also learns that Blanche's relatives were responsible for losing Belle Reve and that she experienced financial difficulties attempting to make ends meet.

Out of desperation and an inability to control her sexual impulses, Blanche becomes promiscuous, carrying on an affair with a student that causes her to be fired from her teaching position....

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