The Tension Between Reality and Fantasy in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire

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The Tension Between Reality and Fantasy in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire Yes, yes, magic! I try to give that to people. I misrepresent things to them. I don't tell the truth, I tell what ought to be truth…" Scene IX Tennessee Williams dramatises the tension between reality and fantasy by Characterisation, Theatrical Devices, and by the use of Symbolism. Williams uses Blanche to represent fantasy; Blanche is a magical and romantic character. "Yes, yes, magic! I try to give that to people. I misrepresent things to them. I don't tell the truth, I tell what ought to be truth…" (p.72)…show more content…
I went out with him at college and wore his pin for a while. Well I ran into him last winter. You know I went to Miami during the Christmas holidays?" "well I did. I took the trip as an investment, thinking I'd meet someone with a million dollars." (p.37) Blanche then goes on to say that she did meet someone with a million dollars; Shep has oil-wells all over Texas. "Texas is literally spouting gold in his pockets." Blanche tells Stella that Shep is married, but later in the play, just before Stanley rapes her, Blanche tells him that Shep has invited her on a Caribbean cruise. This reminds the audience that Blanche lives in a world of fantasy, and symbolises fantasy in the play. Blanche also prefers not to acknowledge her age, telling Mitch that Stella is her older sister, when she is in fact her younger sister. Blanche also avoids light, as she is afraid that light would show up her true age. The stage directions on page 5 tell us that 'she is about five years older than Stella.' Blanche tells us that she likes the dark because "the dark is comforting to me." It conceals the truth. Blanche has never let Mitch see her in the light before, and when Mitch realises her true age, and confronts her he says that he doesn't mean to be insulting "just realistic." (p.72) "I don't want realism." Blanche retorts. Here Blanche admits that she does not want to live
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