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Tennessee Williams was once quoted as saying Symbols are nothing but the natural speech of dramathe purest language of plays Adler 30 This is clearly evident in A Streetcar Named Desire one of Williamss many plays I n analyzing the main character of the story Blanche DuBois it is crucial to use both the literal text as well as the symbols of the story to get a complete and thorough understanding of her Before one can understand Blanches character one must understand the reason why she moves to New Orleans and joins her sister Stella and brother-in-law Stanley By analyzing the symbolism in the first scene one can understand what prompted Blanche to move Her appearance in the first scene suggests a moth Williams 96 In literature a moth represents the soul So it is possible to see her entire voyage as the journey of her soul Quirino 63 Later in the same scene she describes her voyage They told me to take a streetcar named Desire and then transfer to one called Cemeteries and ride six blocks and get off at Elysian Fields Quirino 63 Taken literally this does not seam to add much to the story However if one investigate Blanches past one can truly understand what this quotation symbolizes Blanche left her home to join her sister because her life was a miserable wreck in her former place of residence She admits at one point in the story that after the death of Allan her husband intimacies with strangers was all I seemed able to fill my empty heart with Williams 178 She had sexual relations with anyone who would agree to it This is the first step in her voyage-Desire She said that she was forced into this situation because death was immanent and The opposite of death is desire Williams 179 She escaped death in her use of desire However she could not escape death for long She
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