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FantasyIllusion Blanche dwells in illusion fantasy is her primary means of self-defense Her deceits do not carry any trace of malice rather they come from her weakness and inability to confront the truth head-on She tells things not as they are but as they ought to be For her fantasy has a liberating magic that protects her from the tragedies she has had to endure Unfortunately this defense is frail and will be shattered by Stanley In the end Stanley and Stella will also resort to a kind of illusion Stella will force herself to believe that Blanches accusations against Stanley are false The Old South and the New South Stella and Blanche come from a world that is rapidly dying Belle Reve their familys ancestral plantation has been lost The two sisters symbolically are the last living members of their family Stella will mingle her blood with a man of blue-collar stock and Blanche will enter the world of madness Stanley represents the new order of the South chivalry is dead replaced by a rat race to which Stanley makes several proud illusions Cruelty The only unforgivable crime according to Blanche is deliberate cruelty This sin is Stanleys specialty His final assault against Blanche is a merciless attack against an already-beaten foe On the other hand though Blanche is dishonest she never lies out of malice Her cruelty is unintentional often she lies in a vain effort to plays Throughout Streetcar we see the full range of cruelty from Blanches well-intentioned deceits to Stella self-deceiving treachery to Stanleys deliberate and unchecked malice In Williams plays there are many ways to hurt someone And some are worse than others The Primitive and the Primal Blanche often speaks of Stanley as ape-like and primitive Stanley represents a very unrefined manhood a romantic idea of man untouched by civilization and its effeminizing influences His appeal is clear Stella cannot resist him and even Blanche though repulsed is
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