Theme Of Fantasy In Tennessee Williams A Streetcar Named Desire

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After the world recovers from the massive deaths of WWI and WWII the world tries to recover from the horrible tolls that has been taken on the world at the time. During this time Tennessee Williams writes a play about the living standard during the time. Tennessee William received an award Pulitzer award for drama in 1948 for the play. This play talks about someone who loses everything and decides to stay with her sister. In the play, A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams, the author expresses a timeless message of how living in a fantasy can hinder one's ability to grow as a person. The author shows this through the use of three main symbols throughout his play lighting, music, and bathing.

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“She’s soaking in a hot tub to quiet her nerves. She’s terribly upset.” (Williams 2, 12). Bathing is Blanches way of keeping her fantasy or her illusion of her life. Whenever reality comes knocking on her door it brings back the haunting memories of her past, so immediately she has to wash them off and keep up the facade of her fantasy world. After it was implied that Blanche was raped by Stanley, Blanche tries to tell Stella which pushes Stella over the line. Stella calls the mental hospital about Blanche, Blanche doesn’t know and she bathes once more in their bath. “I—just told her that—we’d made arrangements for her to rest in the country. She’s got it mixed in her mind with Shep Huntleigh.[ Blanche opens the bathroom door slightly.]”(scene 11 20). This last quote is Blanches final attempts to reverse time and go back to the perfect fantasy where she is younger doesn’t have the thoughts of her dead husband haunting her and now the thoughts of her sisters husband raping her. These are the three main symbols in Tennessee Williams play set during the late 1940’s.

In the play, A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams, he expresses a timeless message of how living in a fantasy can hinder one's ability to grow as a person. He shows this through the use of three main symbols through his play; lighting, music, and bathing. Overall, the three main symbols show how building up ways to forget the past can overall hurt you in the long run, as more and more things start to happen. Williams try’s to prove that instead of learning from your mistakes and growing from them is a more effective way of deflecting your past

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