"Goddesses don't come down to us in their pure ambiguous form but in static dualistic fashion. They don't serve as models for us to imitate."
--- Thelma Shinn, Worlds Within Women
If asked to deconstruct Blanche DuBois, I'd begin first with a brain. The pallid, over-sexed, over-the-hill matron is a dizzying delight to be sure, but with a brain she might end up happy, or at the very least, not dancing a pas de deux with the white coats who come and take her away at the end of the play. What trope did Tennessee Williams pluck out of the air? What myth? She's a damaged girl to be sure, affairs are alluded to, "fallen woman" hangs about her head like a halo. Was it Eurydice? Is this all she's good for after spending a season in hell?
Vivien Leigh as Blanche DuBois in Streetcar Named Desire