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Reality and Imagination

Reality can be comforting or agonizing, it depends on who's reality is in question. Tennessee
Williams depicted reality and what it can do to people in The Pulitzer Prize winning play "A Streetcar
Named Desire". The story is about an unmarried thirty year old woman who creates a new magic reality
for herself to escape the cruelty and bitterness of the real world. She comes to New Orleans from a once
wealthy estate plagued with family death and eventually loses the estate'Belle Reve' to unpaid mortgage.
She slowly comes to believe her fantasy world is the real world and eventually can't tell them apart any
longer. Her escapes from the real world are illustrated by her constructive compulsive mis-truths, fear of
being seen in well lit areas, frequent long baths and excessive drinking.
Blanche Dubois desires to escape her real life and to embrace upon the cushion of a magical
fantasy world which she creates for herself. One of the most prominent escapes is her drinking and the
large quantities of it. Blanche has a younger sister, Stella, who moved to New Orleans when the ordeals of
Belle Reve were getting out of hand "I stayed and struggled! You came to New Orleans and looked after
yourself. I stayed at Belle Reve and tried to hold it together!".Blanche arrives and shortly thereafter is
drinking. She has a tumbler of whiskey and downs it quickly while smoking simultaneously. Blanche
proclaims her limit is one drink but it is evident she is using the alcohol as an escape because of how fast
she drinks it following a fabrication about her employment relief. Several nights into the play, there is a
poker game hosted at Stella and Stanley's, her husband, house. Blanche often drinks in large quantities to
ease her nerves, hard alcohol, not beer "I hate beer" and usually prior or following her arsenal of
Truth is bent and twisted by Blanche very …

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