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The loss of Mitch and Blanche’s social death in A Streetcar Named Desire

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  • 2024, 64(), pp.311-326
  • DOI : 10.33638/JHS.64.13
  • Publisher : Institute for Human studies, Kyungnam University
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : April 18, 2024
  • Accepted : June 14, 2024
  • Published : June 30, 2024

Jeongsub Nam 1

1영남대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

The fundamental conflict in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire revolves around the contrasting personalities of the delicate Blanche and the aggressive Stanley. While existing analyses predominantly characterize Stanley as the antagonist responsible for Blanche’s downfall, this article aims to illuminate the often-overlooked role of Mitch in her demise. In Scene Three, Blanche encounters Mitch, sparking a glimmer of hope for a new life. As their relationship develops, Blanche’s aspirations intensify, only to be shattered with Mitch’s eventual rejection. This rejection serves as the culminating blow, pushing Blanche to the brink of a mental breakdown. Ultimately, the loss of Mitch results in Blanche’s social ostracization, symbolizing her social death. The significance of Mitch in Blanche’s life is explored through a comprehensive analysis of cultural artifacts rooted in European origins, including music, mythology, and literature. This study seeks to provide a nuanced understanding of Blanche’s tragic journey by emphasizing the pivotal role played by Mitch in the overall narrative.

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