A Streetcar Named Desire
How we cite our quotes:
…I want to be near you, got to be with somebody, I can’t be alone! Because - as you must have noticed - I’m – not very well… [Her voice drops and her look is frightened.] (1.141)
This is the first hint we get of Blanche’s madness. Oddly enough, it isn’t solitude but rather the negative influence of other people that ultimately destroys her.
…And funerals are pretty compared to deaths. Funerals are quiet, but deaths – not always. (1.185)
We get the sense from lines like this that all these deaths – of her family members and also her husband – are really at the source of Blanche’s madness.
Yes. [During the pause she looks up at the sky.] There’s so much – so much confusion in the world… [He coughs diffidently.]Thank you for being so kind! I need kindness now. (3.215)
Notice when Blanche starts retreating into her fictional world of fantasy – at the first display of real violence from Stanley. This almost foreshadows her breakdown at the end of the play as the result of Stanley’s sexual violence against her.