Alienation in A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams

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Alienation can be dangerous especially when it comes to the minds of individuals. Alienation starts from different things that happen to people in life and sometimes it can lead a person to live in their own fantasy world. In “A Streetcar Named Desire”, Tennessee Williams shows that the difference between real life and fantasy; and that it can lead one to a life of alienation. Blanche uses fantasy to deal with her loneliness which leads her to a life of promiscuity and alcoholism; through this she alienates herself. “A Streetcar Named Desire” main characters are Blanche, Stella, Stanley, and Mitch. Blanche is the main character of the play, she is Stella’s older sister, and comes to stay with Stella while Stella is pregnant. Blanche…show more content…
Stanley is who really introduces to Blanche is by revealing her past. Williams writes “And turn that over-light off! Turn that off! I won’t be looked at in this merciless glare!” (1819) Stanley goes snooping around into Blanche’s past and soon learns that she is living in a fantasy world. Stanley does not fall for Blanche’s lies and sets out to destroy her. Stella feels torn between her sister and Stanley but eventually stands with Stanley. Everyone has rejected Blanche, so when the doctor and his nurse show up to take her away to the hospital she feels accepted once more. “Whoever you are – I have always depended on the kindness of strangers” (1881) Blanche’s constant rejection from Stella, Stanley and Mitch leads Blanche to alienate herself and leads her to escape into her own fantasy. Blanche deals with many issues the loss of loved ones, the loss of the family estate, the inability to deal with reality, rejection from others, and the rape by Stanley. Blanche has also become independent and assertive which is not the typical norm of a southern woman. She has been forced into a world she is not prepared for. Because of this Blanche begins to live in her own world, her own little fantasy. She also uses alcohol and sexual promiscuity to escape from the loneliness she has endured since her husband’s death. Williams shows us through the way Blanche speaks to the paper boy;

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