Poster¡G Julie Cheng at 18:27:14 6/12/98 from h84.s4.ts31.hinet.net
| Blanche is a vulnerable woman. She was badly hurt by the mistaken marriage. She¡¦s been suffering by the terrible past, which might be the main factor that causes her mental disorder. The reason Blanche has so many ¡§intimacies with strangers¡¨ is because she wants to prove by those affairs that she¡¦s always charming to men. She doesn¡¦t have enough self-confidence because her tragic marriage makes she feels upset. She¡¦s not sure whether she¡¦s attractive to ¡§100% men¡¨ or not, so she needs to reconfirm to herself and others again and again by flirtation and brief affairs. She¡¦s too frightened to get hurt again. Strong light always reminds her the awful scene years ago, the terrible moment her young boy committed suicide. And that's one of the reasons she puts the paper lantern on the bulb. She knows the fire, represented by lights and bulbs, will burn her.
Blanche's eager for love and care, but it seems that no one treats her right. Even Stella, who seems sweet and considerate to her, betrays her at the end. Stella makes her choice. Desire conquers sisterhood, so she chooses to satisfy her physical desire. She obeys what Stanley wants, and sends Blanche away, to a (probably mental) hospital. I think Blanche must be very disappointed and upset about Stella's (and Stanley's also) decision. She feels lost, and gives up finally, after the betrayal by her dead husband, her sister, her brother in law, and Mitch. She realizes she can no longer rely on her acquaintance, so she turns to strangers. And that¡¦s why she says to the doctor, ¡¨Whoever you are ¡V I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.¡¨ I guess that here ¡§strangers¡¨ refer to those who had an affair with her. The doctor is kind to her, so she trusts him.
It is significant in scene eleven when Stanley is winning the poker game while Mitch is losing. Stanley wins back Stella, but Mitch loses Blanche. This play begins with sexual tension that Stanley heaves the meat to Stella, and ends with the same sexual way that Stanley wants to have intercourse with Stella. I guess sex ¡V which is related to desire becomes the main issue in this play.
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