Comparison Of Darl In As I Lay Dying And A Streetcar Named Desire

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In As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner, Darl was always perceived as mildly insane. He was able to know and understand things that he shouldn’t know. In “A Streetcar Named Desire,” by Tennessee Williams, Stella’s sister Blanche lied throughout the play in order to change the way she was perceived. She was also unable to keep her secrets and painful memories which led to her insanity. In As I Lay Dying and “A Streetcar Named Desire,” both Darl and Blanche’s levels of sanity decreased when they lost support from their family.
Darl showed signs of psychic ability since he would knew information that he had no reason or explanation for knowing. For example, he knew about Dewey Dell’s pregnancy when he was not around and she never told anyone
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As she becomes increasingly insane, she begins to hear the polka music from the time her late husband passed away more and more frequently. The music represents his death and signifies her inability to stay in the present moment when she is upset. However, when the music is playing, she believes everyone is hearing it and does not think it is only in her head. When Mitch breaks up with her due to his discovery that she has been lying to him, she hears the music and is unable to remain in the present conversations. Due to the break up Blanche has flashbacks to when her husband left her. She said, “I’ll just--[She touches her forehead vaguely. The polka tune starts up again] … That--music again…” (Williams 114). Blanche’s insanity stems from when people leave her or she disappoints …show more content…
Stella and Dewey Dell both chose to send their siblings away for different reasons. Dewey Dell chose to send Darl away because she didn’t want him to tell people that she was pregnant. Stella sent Blanche away because she didn’t want to face the reality that Stanley had raped Blanche and by calling her insane she could deny the rape. In both pieces, the sister’s abandonment led to the insanity of their siblings. They lost the trust and the support from their family and they lost hope for themselves. Sanity and insanity are based on the perspective of the viewer, a person can be labeled insane by one and sane by

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