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By Mike mcmireztopic blanche duboispaper Tennessee Williams was once said Symbols are nothing but the natural speechof dramathe purest language of plays Adler 30 this is clearly evidentin A Streetcar Named Desire In analyzing the main character of the storyBlanche DuBois it is crucial to use both the literal text as well as thesymbols of the story to get a complete and thorough understanding of herBefore one can understand Blanches character one must understand the reasonwhy she moves to New Orleans and joins her sister Stella and brother-in-lawStanley By analyzing the symbolism in the first scene one can understandwhat prompted Blanche to move Her appearance in the first scene suggestsa moth Williams 96 In literature a moth represents the soul So it ispossible to see her entire voyage as the journey of her soul Quirino 63Later in the same scene she describes her voyage They told me to take astreetcar named Desire and then transfer to one called Cemeteries and ridesix blocks and get off at Elysian Fields Quirino 63 Taken literally thisdoes not seem to add much to the story However if one investigates Blanchespast one can truly understand what this quotation symbolizes Blanche lefther home to join her sister because her life was a miserable wreck in herformer place of residence She admits at one point in the story that afterthe death of Allan her husband intimacies with strangers was all I seemedable to fill my empty heart with Williams 178 She had sexual relationswith anyone who would agree to it This is the first step in her voyage-DesireShe said that she was forced into this situation because death was immanentand The opposite of death is desire Williams 179 She escaped deathin her use of desire However she could not escape death for long Shewas a teacher at a high school and at one point she had intimacies witha seventeen year old student The superintendent Mr Graves found outabout this and she was
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