An Analaysis of Tennessee Williams play, "A Streetcar Named Rosie

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In Tennessee Williams play, "A Streetcar Named Rosie," a major theme is reality

vs. illusion. The theme deals with Stella's reality and Blanche's illusions, where Stella

deals with her reality, Blanche creates illusions to forget hers.

Stella's reality belongs with Stanley, in their little apartment, with sex as their

stronghold. Although Stella was brought up through different surroundings she's happy

with her life with Stanley. She's not ashamed to admit that she and Stanley came from

two very different worlds. She realizes that he is crude and violent at times but she deals

with it and moves on. An example that she accepts her life with Stanley is when he

became violent with her that poker night. Yet she still chose to stay worth him

eventhough Blanche gave her the choice of leaving with her.

On the other hand Blanche deals with her realities by creating illusions. She

created the illusions of her life in Laurel as being a successful, will respected woman, when

she was really a tramp.

Her illusions are so intense that its to the point that it affects real

life. An example is her decorations to Stella's apartment which creates a dim surrounding

to help hide her true appearance. Unlike Stella, Blanche is afraid of her reality. She is

afraid of getting old which is which she puts covers on the lamps to dim the lights. She's

afraid of being alone, which was why she tried so hard to keep Mitch from finding out

about her past.

In conclusion, although Stella and Blanche were brought up in the same

environment, they matured differently. Stella deals with her reality and doesn't try to

cover it up with lies, unlike Blanche who creates illusions to cover up her problems and

fears. Junior English Midterm

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