Reality vs. Illusion in A Street Car Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

714 Words Jan 28th, 2018 3 Pages
The fantasy of Blanche and the other characters is revealed in the play when they try to hide from their reality. The characters acts as if what they were undergoing did not actually happen or were not of any importance. The play is well written by Williams as a work of social realism. The concept of illusion or fantasy vs. the reality projects the idea of characters who want to run from their real world.
The protagonist, Blanche, in this play begins as one with sincere and fragile personality, which then turns out to be an illusionist. She lives in the world of fantasy in order to protect herself against outside threats created by her own fears. The play by Tennessee Williams contrasts Blanche’s illusion ideas with that of Stanley’s realism which at the end wins the situation on the worldview. Blanche is characterized by her fears to throughout the play to salvage her life from the world of brutality because her anxiety is in clash with the outside threats. Blanche is not actually lost in illusions but rather she uses them to camouflage. She tries to cope by using different mechanism like being delusional, alcoholism and illusions. Blanche uses these mechanisms to protect her mind from going crazy because of the changing environment and the living conditions. Williams uses Blanche to show the importance of illusion or…
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