2) Who is more to blame for Blanche’s ruin - Stanley or Blanche? Explain.
The immediate assumption would be that it was Stanley’s fault because of all the horrible things he ends up doing to her and his cruelty. But, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and analyze this a little more. They both played a major role in Blanche’s ruin, but if it weren’t for Blanche then Stanley would have never been so cruel to Blanche. It was her lies about her life and her insults toward Stanley that made him hate Blanche. In the beginning of the play, when Stanley and Blanche are talking to each other they got along well and she was even being flirtatious with him. It wasn’t until later when Stanley started acting up. Blanche did have every right to say how cruel and how much of an animal Stanley is, but all those insults that turned Stanley into a monster. And on top of all that, the lies she told made everything even worse and made Stanley feel as though she was taking advantage of him and Stella.