Essay on A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams

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Illusion, a deceptive appearance or impression, is an idealistic escape from reality, the state of things as they actually exist. Ultimately, finding the correct balance between the two is crucial to surviving this barbarous world. Connection in a disconnected world drives people to steadily move forward in their lives. In the play A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, Blanche DuBois desperately yearns for this connection but fails to find it. Her isolation will become her ultimate defeat in the aggressive, merciless world she simply is not fit for. In Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche DuBois’s failed search for connection illustrates the crucial balance between illusion and reality necessary to survive in a Darwinian world. Blanche DuBois has a beautiful dream of a perfect world. She is constantly placing paper lanterns on bare light bulbs, hanging pictures on the walls, lighting candles, and dressing herself in the finest clothing and jewelry. Blanche feels the need to give off the illusion she is living a perfect life. In reality however, Blanche is desperately running away from her unfortunate realities and towards her soul’s transcendent dreams. Blanche’s home of Belle Reve in Laurel, Mississippi has been snatched away from her, forcing Blanche no place other than New Orleans. Critical analyst Chris Bell explains, “She enters the city unaware of the dangers that will come” (Bell 1). Since the beginning of the play, Blanche already had…

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