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A streetcar named desire turning point essay The classic play ‘’A streetcar named desire’’ is a thought-provoking phenomenon by Tennessee Williams which encompasses a story of a fragile and superficial woman named ‘blanch Dubois’ and her relationship with a more primitive, down-to-earth and brutish brother-in-law ‘Stanley Kowalski’. As well as the central theme of illusion versus reality encompassing the play as a whole, in scene 7, Stanley aims to destroy blanches life as he feels she has intruded too much into his own personal life. This marks the turning point in the play for Blanche and her fate results in her being committed to an insane asylum. Prior to the turning point, scene 6 creates a shock to the reader as the reasons for her fragility and delusional nature is revealed. During her date with Mitch, she speaks with unvarnished candour about the circumstances of her tragic marriage at the age of 16: “And then the searchlight which had been turned on the world was turned off again and never for one moment since has there been any light that's stronger than this--kitchen--candle.” Blanche is telling Mitch the sad details of her marriage to Allan. She loved him truly, despite her disgust at his homosexuality, and something broke inside her when he died. She ties this loss to the theme of light. Blanche hides from bright lights because they expose the truth, but she also avoids them because there is no longer any light inside her to match. The reader can relate well with Blanche as we understand the hardship she has faced through-out her life. Her illusions are further revealed: “I don't want realism. I want magic!” This is Blanche's battle cry. It doesn't matter to her whether the magic is real. It doesn't even matter whether she herself believes it. What's important for Blanche is that she always has the option of the fantasy. We feel sympathy for

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