Essay on Blanche Dubois : Functioning Through Fantasy

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Blanche DuBois: Functioning through Fantasy
“We 're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we 're not alone.” This statement from Orson Welles perfectly sums up Blanche’s philosophy about life in A Streetcar Named Desire. Blanche DuBois is a young woman from a formerly rich southern family. Her life has been full of mistakes and tragedies that she can’t get over. She creates a fantasy life full of millionaires and expensive clothes in order to cope with it. Blanche attempts to make an “illusion” of a perfect life in order to feel less alone. In Williams’ A Streetcar named Desire, Blanche DuBois attempts to create a perfect appearance and life in order to hide the horrors of her past.
Blanche is makes every effort to hide any imperfections, whether they are physical or emotional. Death is no stranger to Blanche. She has lost the majority of her family, faced the suicide of her husband and has bore the loss of her fortune. These were not welcome changes to Blanche and she has a very hard time adjusting to them. In describing her struggle with these tragedies she says, “I took the blows in my face and my body! All of those deaths!” (Williams 21). In this statement Blanche reveals that she believes her appearance reflects her inner feelings. This philosophy explains why Blanche insists on wearing elaborate, fancy, clothing. Through her bright attire she hopes to ameliorate her inner feelings.…

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