Choose one or two of the following characters from the text A Streetcar Named Desire and evaluate their significance in relation to the text as a whole: Stanley, Mitch, Stella, Blanche.

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“A Streetcar Named Desire”, written by Tennessee Williams examines how each character deals with the culture clash and portrayal of reality from Blanche DuBois’ arrival in New Orleans. Harold “Mitch” Mitchell is a central character to the text as he is the main character who is attracted to, yet sympathetic to Blanche DuBois’ views upon the deteriorated grand lifestyle she lead. He is a character of contrast, a man who is physically bulked and powerful yet is passionate, loving and considerate to the women he admires in his life, his dying mother and Blanche Bubois. This essay will explore how the relationship between Mitch and Blanche lead to the tragic consequences of Blanche’s rape and Mitch’s profound loss of losing both his mother and his lover.

From the beginning of scene one, the reader is introduced to Mitch who lives with and cares for his dying mother.

He is noticeably more sensitive than Stanley and his poker friends, whom, they pick on for being a ‘mama’s boy.’ Mitch’s first line in scene one states “Not at my place. My Mother’s still sick,” shows his chivalrous behavior and affectionate nature. In scene six, the reader is able to learn that he is a kind and caring person who hopes to marry soon in order to have a good woman to bring home to his dying mother so that she may be at peace that he will be cared for and loved when she dies.

Further through the text, the reader learns that Mitch is clumsy, sweaty, and overweight. When he meets Blanche, she immediately assumes that he could be her partner because of his sensitivity and kindness. Although Mitch is gentle, he lacks Blanche’s romantic perspective and spirituality, as well as her understanding of poetry and literature.