A Streetcar Named Desire

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But, honey, you know as well as I do that a single girl, a girl alone in the world has got to keep a firm hold on her emotions or she’ll be lost!” Blanche DuBois, the tragically poignant character of Tennessee Williams’ notable play A Streetcar Named Desire, compensated for her disheveled past with fantasies. Scarred by the abrupt suicide of her husband Allen Grey, Blanche gradually slipped into a world governed by her …

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…world of mixed emotions and fantasy. On the whole Blanche’s lustful fantasies lead to her tragic demise, as did her previous husband Allen Grey. Conversely Allen died a physical death where as Blanche “died” an emotional death. In conclusion Blanche avoided coping with a painful reality due to the fact that she lived in a world of “make believe”, where her fantasies provided an escapable refuge from the harsh world she actually lived in.