Illusion And Reality Essay

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Have a little read: ... Corrigan has said that "the conflict between Blanche and Stanley is an externalisation of the conflict that goes on within Blanche between illusion and reality." Discuss the theme of illusion and reality in A Streetcar Named Desire. Blanche and Stanley are the two protagonists in A Streetcar Named Desire, and their views are polarised. Stanley represents complete realism and Blanche is fantastical and idealistic, the schism between the two clearly shows the struggle between reality and illusion in the play. Stanley's aim is to obliterate the nostalgic and fantastical reverie that dominates Blanche's mindset. The title of the play suggests a struggle between reality and illusion as the mundane concreteness of "streetcar" and the abstract quality of aspiration evoked in "desire" point to the juxtaposition of conflicting themes of realism and dreams.
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He is very self-centered and towards the end he seems to be living a life nearly devoted to breaking down Blanche. We can see why and in what way these characters are living an unreal existence through exploring the major themes of this play and their relation to the characters in regards to “living an unreal existence”. These themes which will be discussed later on include reality versus illusion, confronting reality, male domination and truth versus lies.

Reality versus illusion is one of, if not the major theme of the play. It also has the most relevance to the way in which Blanche, Stanley and Stella are living in their own fantasy world. Perhaps the reason Blanche chose illusion rather than reality is because of her somewhat troubled past.
Notably, Blanche's deception of others and herself is not characterized by malicious intent, but rather a heart-broken and saddened retreat to a romantic time and happier moments before disaster struck her life when her loved one Allan Gray committed suicide during a Varsouvian Waltz. In many ways, Blanche is understood to be a sympathetic and tragic figure in the play despite her deep character flaws.
Illusions and Fantasy in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire

'A Streetcar Named Desire', by Tennessee Williams, explores many
important themes and issues in the book. The main theme Williams
investigates and explores to the audience, is illusion and fantasy.
Each character in the book contributes to creating, adding to and
destructing fantasies and illusions, and I feel it is a very important
theme in the book, as it represents and symbolises other issues
Williams explores with the audience.

The play 'A Streetcar Named Desire' revolves around the character
Blanche Dubois; therefore, the main theme of the drama concerns her
directly. In Blanche, the audience is shown the tragedy of an
individual, caught between two worlds ? the world of her past and the
world of her present, unwilling to let go of the past and unable,
because of her character, to come to any sort of terms with her
present. The final result at the end of the play is the deterioration
of her mind and character and her self-destruction.

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