Within the World of Streetcar Named Desire, Truth Is a Destructive Force, Where Survival Is Predicated on an Acceptance of Unreality Essay

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A streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams is unconventional play for that time. Williams uses unconventional techniques and uses truth as a destructive force. Lots of the characters in this play use truth as a way to survive in the world. They use fantasy as way to survive. Blanche, Stanley and Stella all react to truth differently within the play. Throughout the play Blanche changes the truth in order to survive in the society she is in. All of the times that truth is exposed, all the results and consequences are destructive and negative. Blanche uses light and fantasy as a way for her to be shielded from the truth. “I can’t stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action.” Blanche has a fear or light because she has a fear of people seeing her clearly and her true age. She wants to hide from the truth by hiding behind a mask. She uses light as a way to survive in the society she is living in by hiding from reality. “It was like you suddenly turned a blinding light on something that had always been half in shadow, that’s how it stuck the world for me.” Blanche uses her fantasy world as a way to hide from reality and truth. She thinks as long as she is no believing reality then she will not have to believe in the truth either. Mitch and Blanches relationship is a fantasy until he finds out about the truth of her past. “You’re not clean enough to bring in the house with my mother.” When Stanley reveals the truth about Blanches “unclean” past, he decides to end the relationship. This shows how truth is a destructive force, because the relationship was going fine when Blanche was making up most of her life. However, when Stanley finds out her true past. He decides that she is not clean enough and this truth ends the relationship by a destructive force. Blanche exposes the truth of her husband, and the outcome of this

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