In the appropriately titled A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche DuBois's lust infested lifestyle, and her promiscuous behavior led to a tragic fall. A once pure hearted girl from the Old South aristocracy of Louisiana takes refuge in her sister's home in New Orleans, where she meets her brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski. Tennessee Williams introduces themes such abjection, desire and gender roles and the challenge of survival in a changing world. In what follows, is an exploration of key events that led to her nervous breakdown, drawing back on psychoanalysis to elaborate on how Blanche's traumatic life experiences negates the shell that encompasses her morbid livelihood.
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