A Streetcar Named Desire/Characters

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Here be the main characters from A Streetcar Named Desire and the tropes they embody.

Blanche Dubois

  • Break the Haughty: Oh so much.
  • Christmas Cake: And she's not at all happy about this...
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Blanche prefers the world of her own creation, where she still is a chaste lady of refinement and she still can win the favors of men like Shep Huntleigh (whom we never meet and might not exist). This is highlighted when Stanley is revealing her falsehoods to Stella and Blanche is singing in the bath: "Say, its only a paper moon/Sailing over a cardboard sea/But it wouldn't be make-believe/If you believed in me." Unfortunately, by the end of the play this make-believe world is the only world she can stand to live in.
  • Hot for Student
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: When Blanche isn't calling Stanley a 'Polack', or deriding Stella for marrying him, Blanche can potentially be a genuinely nice person. For example, she's quick to help Stella after Stanley attacks her, and is greatly fearful for her welfare when she chooses to return to him.
  • Meaningful Name: As Blanche herself tells to Mitch, her name means "white woods" in French.
  • Really Gets Around
  • Stepford Smiler: A mixture of Type A and Type C.

Stanley Kowalski

Harold 'Mitch' Mitchell