Perception Of Reality In "A Streetcar Named Desire"

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Cook 4McKenna CookPrinciples of LiteratureTH 12:30-1:5024 September, 2014Perceptions of RealityIn A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams, one of the main characters, Blanche DuBois has the desire that everyone feels at one point or another, to be "young forever". Her desire to achieve this impossible goal is shown throughout the play, and effects a lot of people around her. Blanche tries to board the "desire" streetcar, her fate interferes and shows her reality as she boards the "death" streetcar. Although Blanche has desires to achieve whatever she wants, her relationship with reality is unstable and this leads her to the mental collapse at the end of this play.Reality is the opinionated state of things as they really exist, rather than as they may appear or be imagined. Throughout the play, Blanche struggles with her perception of reality, and lets her extreme desire get in the way. Blanche seems to act accordingly to her perception of reality, which differs from most of the people around her, including her sister Stella, which hurts her in the end. Blanche has this whole idea of being young forever, and that if she does certain things like hide in dark places of the room that it will preserve her innocence. Stella, unlike Blanche, has a different problem with reality. Instead of having extremes desires like Blanche, she lives in the moment, and thinks very simple. Her husband Stanley is a very aggressive, physical man who has a hot temper which leads to many feuds between the two. Instead of coming to reality, Stella ignores all signs of abuse, adultery, and disrespect that Stanley displays, while continuing to tell everyone that she loves him no matter what. Stella's heard many times that she should leave Stanley and that she deserves better, but her perception of reality isn't clear, and lust over takes her thoughts. The other main character of the play is Stella's husband Stanley, who actually seems to be the most in touch with reality compared to his wife and her sister. Stanley has a steady job, has a group of friends he hangs out with, and lives a pretty steady life. He doesn't have the most common sense and seems to do a lot of wrong towards many people. His ability to accept reality as it is, seems to be what influenced his motive behind putting Blanche's illusion to an end. His goal of making Blanche comprehend his perspective on reality was due to her consistent stringing of lies. Eventually, Stanley's goal was achieved when Blanche realized she could not have everything she wants and desires."Can one live away from society, from reality?" (Thomieres 380) This question is raised in Daniel Thomieres' analysis of the play, which thoroughly discusses Blanche's previous "stages of life", and shows her constantly running from one place to another. What exactly is Blanche running from? Reality. Blanche's mind is always craving new and exciting things, but she cannot seem to settle in one particular place for long due to her poor...

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