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Hiding From Reality Essay

1751 words - 7 pages

Why do people want to live in a perfect world? Everyone wants to live in their own fantasy world because that is where all their dreams are able to come true. No one wants a world of grief and sorrow. Life should be lived to its fullest. It should not be wasted. It should be embraced. When we are faced with agony, we must either make a choice between accepting it or hiding from it. In the play “A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams, the author mainly focuses on Blanche Dubois, a woman who moved to her sister’s house due to the loss of Belle Reve, her family home. She is a deceptive and selfish person, who cannot accept the occurrence of agony in her life. She mentally deteriorates due to the lost and rejection of love, and due to her selfishness. She chooses to hide from the truth. When an individual hides from reality, it will only result in them hurting themselves.
At the beginning of the play, Blanche is already in a nervous breakdown as she was drinking wine that she found in Stella’s house. She was using it to calm her nerves. When Stanley came home from his bowling game, he had a conversation with her. At the end of the scene, he asks her about her husband. She started to break apart as she says “The boy – the boy died; [She sinks back down] I’m afraid I‘m - going to be sick! [Her head falls on her arms],” (p. 31). This represents that her husband’s death has resulted her to go into a depression. She is unstable whenever she is reminded of her husband. She had some memories with her husband that she cannot forget causing her to be really sad. It is later revealed in the play that her husband was with another man. He killed himself due her revulsion towards him. She states “by coming suddenly into a room that I thought was empty – which wasn’t empty, but had two people in it...the boy I had married and an older man who had been friends for years...” (p. 95) and “I’d suddenly - said I saw you disgust me...” (p. 96). She loved her husband but he was a homosexual. She lost him due to her own actions towards him. They were both young, her husband’s death caused her to be shattered apart. She yearns for him to be there for her, but in reality he has left her eternally. She cannot accept the fact that her husband is gone. This is why she chooses to have affairs with young boys. She got involved in an affair with a seventeen-year-old boy at school and tried to seduce the young newspaper boy as stated “Hunting for some protection – here and there, in the most – unlikely places - even, at last, in a seventeen-year-old boy” (p.118) and “Now run along, now, quickly! It would be nice to keep you, but I’ve got to be good – and keep my hands off children,” (p. 84). This proves she wants to experience the love she had lost. She wants to fill her empty heart hoping to find protection. All she hoped for was to get the feeling of love that her husband, Allan, would have given her if he was still alive. She thought that she could hide from reality...

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