Would you say that Blanche is an alcoholic in A Streetcar Named Desire?

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gbeatty eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Yes, but. By that I mean, yes, I would say that we could call Blanche an alcoholic, and accurately—but that’s not that useful.  She drinks due to her past, and due to her emotional and psychic upset, and that's what defines her. The alcoholism is just a symptom, and an excuse to act as she does.

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