“A looking for love in the wrong“A looking for love in the wrong

“A Streetcar named Desire” is a play about a lady named Blanche DuBois from  a small-town Mississippi who goes to moves in with her sister, Stella Kowalski ,and her husband, Stanley , in New Orleans. Blanche’s flirtatious Southern charm does not get past many people as we learn about the truth. Blanche lacked the view of reality due to her husband revolting secret and tragedy death. She questioned her beauty due to aging. Blanche spend most of her life looking for love in the wrong way and realized that as old as she was, she had not find a man to marry her. Blanche was an anxious, dislocated person who used desire to escape her despair of reality. Her endured search of sexual activities led her to deportation from the family estate Belle Reve, her leaves from Laurel, and as well as her discharge from society completely. Blanche traumatic experiences causes her to face The battle between fantasy vs. reality throughout the play. When we read later in the book that due to Blanche actions her husband runs away and shot himself in the head. Due to this traumatic experience Blanche is left with this unbeatable wound. This traumatizing event haunts her leading her to “cover up” her secret with false purity. Every scene Blanche is in the bathroom taking a bath. She clams it “soothes her” but I believe she is literally trying to wash away her past and cleanse herself while trying to forget her past driving her to insanity constantly lying. Another way Blanche tries to escape reality is her through her flirtatious ways. Although she is not the youngest and questions her beauty Blanche does not deny any man that comes her way. Let’s not forget the beginning of the play where she clearly flirts with her own sister’s husband. Blanche claims “I never was hard or self-sufficient enough. When people are soft – soft people have got to shimmer and glow – they’ve gotta to put on soft colors, the colors of butterfly wings, and put a – paper lantern over the light… It isn’t enough to be soft. You’ve got to be soft and attractive. And I – I’m fading now! I don’t know how much longer I can turn the trick. (p. 92). Blanche explains her problems in life is a way of thinking that pairs softness with attractiveness. She paints herself as, just a victim of the demands that the soft be attractive. But the truth is that the reality of life has forced Blanche to age. Her paper lanterns and nice clothes was just another mechanism for her escaping reality. Blanche explains to Mitch that she lies because she refuses to accept the hand reality. Lying to herself and to others allows her to make life appear as it should be rather than as it is. However at the end of play reality finally hits and Blanche is shipped off to a mental institution because she can’t deal with reality and retreats into illusions. Her sister Stella standing by her side through it all also avoiding reality by ignorin her husband story about her sister. Escaping your reality and living in a fake images world will leave you blind to the things around you. Sometimes, if you are strong enough to withhold from the fantasy around you, you may end up in the reality.