PosterĄG Stan Yu at 12:52:20 6/11/98 from c550-12.svdcc.fju.edu.tw
|An Outsider against Real World
Since entering the Elysian Field, Blanche has been meant to make an outsider against the world made up of reality. With the hysterical nervous, Blanche feels things around her sensitively on one hand; on the other hand, Blanche turns to not only conceal her feelings but also neglect some truth in her presence. For instance, I just think Blanche is conscious of Stanley's indifference but she chooses to regard it as nothing. It is hard to say what something would be dramatically different if Blanche changes her attitudes towards and adapts herself to the surroundings where she wants to stay. However, obviously, Blanche and Stanley (the stand for Elysian Field) have no mutual influence on each other; throughout the plot, both of them are independent individuals. As far Blanche is concerned, the thinking-style and mold of behavior reformed in upper class (Belle Reve) has become part of her body and mind. Like a cat barging into the society of dogs, Blanche is finally attacked badly and hurt cruelly. (Music, "Blue Piano" always reminds her she does not belong to Elysian Field: it plays when Blanche comes to Stella's apartment, Stella tells Blanche that she is pregnant, or eventually Blanche is sent to lunatic asylum, etc.) When it comes to Stanley, readers would know he is a man of animal and follow his own carnal desire. Whenever he gets along with Blanche, in my opinion, it is benefits (mental or physical) he can earn from Blanche exist in his mind.
Is the ending shocking? I have no exact answer. Blanche's characteristic and longing for sense of security might lead her to misery; at the time, exclusiveness of Stanley (or Stella?) against Blanche would be possibly another factor. After leaving her family in Belle Reve, Blanche has always sought someone to depend on mentally or materially. The first one occurring to her mind is her younger sister: Stella. Then, in order to stay in Belle Reve, Mitch becomes the second person Blanche focuses on. In addition, the different attitudes towards Mitch and Stanley imply that Blanche has not her mind stirred-she has no self-consciousness of her own. Fate of Blanche seems controlled by "strangers" finally all the time. Here, New Orlean, is a "Melting Pot" in America. People of different kind of races, classes, or religions are with each other well. Why cannot Blanche jump into the "Melting Pot?" Considering Blanche as something disgusting, Stanley would not be friendly to Blanche. His life should be peaceful and common as it was, but Blanche changes everything: Stella values Blanche than her husband; Mitch is his friend originally. Furthermore, Blanche's coming height the economical pressure on Stanley's shoulder. How could he work hard for a stranger to his family? To add the new member of the family, Stanley must prefer the newborn baby! It could be realized. But should Blanche be sent to madhouse?
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