Most people have heard the phrase "honesty is the best policy". The play A Streetcar Named Desire illustrates this phrase through the experiences of Blanche Dubois. Throughout the entire play, Blanche DuBois is completely dishonest with the rest of the characters. She is ultimately committed to a mental institution. Blanche's dishonesty and other mental and emotional problems became so severe that Stanley and Stella had no choice but to commit her.
Blanche is obviously very insecure about herself. Hiding your true physical self is a form of dishonesty, which Blanche strives to do the entire play. She avoids standing in well-lit areas to hide herself, despite the fact that she is a good-looking woman. When talking to Mitch for the first time, Blanche says, "I bought this little colored paper lantern at a Chinese shop on Bourbon. Put it over the light bulb! Will you, please" (55). Blanche feels uncomfortable with her looks and feels that she must hide them from other people. Also, she never divulges to her own age because she is so insecure about it. She sees herself as an aged old maid, which she is not in the least bit. Blanche hides her physical qualities because it is in her nature to not let people know the truth about her.
Blanche's string of fabricated stories can be found in the very beginning of the play. When Blanche arrives at the Kowalski residence, she informs Stella that she is on a leave of absence from teaching. It was soon discovered that Blanche was not on a leave of absence, but rather was fired from teaching. "They kicked her out of that high school before the spring term ended-and I hate to tell you the reason that was taken! A seventeen year old boy-she"d gotten mixed up with!"(101). She had a sexual incident with one of her students, which also displays the despicableness of her character. It takes a very immoral person to commit an act like that. Then Blanche didn't even attempt to deal with it emotionally, instead she pretended as if it never happened.