Mental Illiness in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire

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Tennessee Williams' modern day myth shows the struggle between Blanche, Stella and Stanley. A struggle that leads her to go to a mental institution. Blanche pretends to be a woman who has never known indignity, Stanley sees through Blanche’s act and finds out information about her past. Blanche’s illusions have become the struggle with her imagination and realism. Even an optimist thinker like herself would have to face an obstacle. The only time she had a positive life and everything was moving the way she liked was in Blanche's past with her past young husband Allen. Everything that Blanche does and everything that comes out of her mouth is to have that life back, that youth life. That happiness was also an illusion, her husband’s homosexuality had only way to deal with it, and it was by marrying her. An example of Blanche's flirty personality is in her relationship with Mitch. In the beginning of this relationship it is automatically based on physical attraction. When standing under the light Blanche captures his attention by showing her feminine curves. They Both have a problem of their own and are lonely individuals. Blanche with her confusion and Mitch with his ill mother. If Blanche didn't keep secrets and tell lies Mitch would have been reasonable with her but all she had to do was tell him the truth and a line she said, "I don't want realism. I want magic!" (Scene 9, pg.117). Japanese lantern that Mitch ripped off from the bulb represents the fact that its over,

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