Blanche is a complicated character whom we see struggle with internal conflicts throughout the play. Upon first meeting her, we learn that she is more cultured then the people who live in Elysian Fields and her surname, DuBois immediately reveals her as being from the upper class of society. She appears to be dressed in a white suit with white gloves, all of which suggests purity and innocence but it doesn’t take long to realise that Blanche is nearly always putting on an act. Her poor attempt at covering up her drinking problem and hiding her recent sexual activity all foreshadow the eventual destruction of her character as she is sent away to a mental asylum.
Stella Kowalski, Blanche's younger sister, is about twenty-five years old and pregnant with her first child. Stella has made a new life for herself in New Orleans and is madly in love with her husband Stanley. Stella is blunt and unapologetic about the nature of her relationship with her husband, and although she loves her sister, she refuses to let anything come between her and Stanley.
Stanley Kowalski, Stella's husband, is a man of direct, passionate, and often violent nature. He has no patience for Blanche and the illusions she holds. He is a controlling and dominating man, demanding support from his wife in the belief that his authority is threatened by Blanche's arrival. Blanche, however, sees him as a basic man using only instinct. In the end, though, Stanley proves he can be as cold and calculating as she is.
Harold "Mitch" Mitchell
One of Stanley's friends. Mitch is as tough and barbaric as Stanley. He is an imposing physical specimen, massively built and powerful, but he is also a deeply sensitive and compassionate man. His mother is dying, and this coming loss affects him greatly. He is attracted to Blanche from the start, and Blanche hopes that he will ask her to marry him. Indeed, Mitch is a decent man and seeks only to settle down. But...