Discuss the Dramatic Importance of Blanche's Lies to the Play.

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"I don't tell the truth. I tell what out to be the truth. And if that is sinful, then let me be damned for it. Discuss the dramatic importance of Blanche's lies to the play. In A Streetcar Named Desire, the main character Blanche DuBois is a character that is shaped and damaged by her experiences and her past, therefore using lies and deceit to try and fix her life from the downward tumble it was taking. It serves as a driving force for the plot and creates tension is the mini-climaxes of the play, as well as the main ones. Blanche uses her lies to confuse reality and her own fantasies and wishes that she feels 'ought to be the truth'. Without leaving it only to herself, she becomes desperate to pull the blinds over her past and keep it hidden, so she continuously tries to 'pull the wool' over other characters' eyes as well, as Stanley had phrased, whom was not fooled by her lies from the start. Blanche's lies became the source of her nervous tendencies as well, such as her excessive drinking problem and her obsessive protection of her age and appearance. She went as far as to sneak drinks behind the house-keepers' backs and lie about it to charm whomever she was speaking to, be it her sister or her object of 'desire', often commenting something along the lines of 'one is my limit'. Blanche used alcohol to churn up her reality and make it more bearable, adding to the weight over her character that was designed to make the audience nervous. Her issues with her appearance and age have roots in her past when she was betrayed by her first love, and, is implied, was desired by another man from the husband that she had loved so innocently. This had led to her fighting a feeling of undesirability and loss of confidence, believing firmly that if anyone would want her, then she would have to be perfect, like the 'moth' that the playwright had made a point to emphasize

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