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A Poker Game In the play Streetcar Named Desire written by Tennessee Williams The two main characters interact symbolically Throughout the play the actions of Stan and Blanch are odvious but when putting the simplicity of the actions and objects in context the actions and objects have very deep seated meaning The author chooses to use symbolism to get the reader to think deeper about the characters Your interpretation of the symbolism allows you to internalize the story and create your own thoughts The play feeds on the deception of the reader From scene one the falsities of why Blanch was visiting begins the deception In order to understand how symbolism is used in the story the reader must understand each character The character Blanche moves to New Orleans to live with her sister Innocent enough their was a objective to the move The objective Blanche had was to search her soul Blanche states They told me to take a street-car named Desire and then transfer to one called Cemeteries and ride six blocks and get off at-Elysian Fields pg 1679 Williams The explanation of the trip symbolized to me the different stages in which Blanche tried to find herself The statement reveals how Blanches life went from a smooth luxurious ride to a very short choppy uncertain lifestyle blanche further reveals that she is very lonely by stating After the death of Allan-intimacies with strangers was all I seemed able to fill my empty heart withpg1731 The statement by Blanche symbolizes that she will settle for any human interaction to fill her void of the loss of her husband Blanche was so desperate for intimacy that she even used her profession as a teacher in order to coerce a seventeen year old student into sexual relations Blanches Desire for relations were so strong she lost her job and tarnished her reputation Blanches continuous bathing symbolizes the cleansing
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