A Streetcar Named Desire: Is Illusion Necessary To Life



I believe that illusion is not necessary to everyone's life but
rather it helps them to avoid the harsh realities that they may have to
deal with in their lives. I also believe that a major theme of this play
was how our lives can often experience a fierce battle between these
illusions. In the case of "A Streetcar Named Desire" there are many
examples where the characters are simply hiding in or behind illusions and
where the characters may try to destroy or protect their illusions or those
of others.

The best example is found by looking to the main character.
Blanche Dubois was a troubled woman who throughout the play lives her life
in illusions. The story begins with Blanche going ...

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(1368).

However, as we are eventually are shown, this illusion wouldn't
last forever. The young couple got married and, to Blanche, were falling
more and more in love, when one day "coming into a room that I thought was
empty" (1368), this illusion would be shattered. In this room were her
husband, Allan, and a older male friend of his. Allan Grey was gay. Soon,
Blanche realised that all along he had been trying to let her know and get
"the help he needed but couldn't speak of! He was in the quicksands and
clutching at me - but I wasn't holding him out, I was slipping in with
him!" (1368). She was falling farther into the illusion with each passing
second with her love, because she couldn't really believe that he was with
her and was for real.

Allan was in fact an illusion himself, by trying to appear straight
to everyone. At first, they would try to deny it but the illusion would
soon be totally destroyed when Blanche let it slip while they were dancing
that "I saw! I ...

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saying that the quality of the apartment that Stella
lives is not good enough for Stella to live in. And she was always having
baths so no one would see her dirty or tired. Blanche believes that she is
too old so she uses the darkness to shield herself.

Soon, she meets a friend of Stanley's, Mitch, and eventually she
starts to think that maybe he is the one. Immediately, she realises that
Mitch needs someone too, and eventually he even tells her so ("You need
somebody and I need somebody too" (1369)). But, Blanche has learned from
her mistakes and honestly gives an effort to take it slow. She tells Stella
the day after Stanley beat her that she is trying to "get hold of ...

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