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According to Rousseau Literature shows how man is his own greatest enemy In other words people cause their own problems in life Based on many literary works this quote is true This concept of literature is found in Williams play A Streetcar Named Desire and Millers play Death of a Salesman Through the use of literary elements such as characterization symbols and themes both respective authors prove Rousseaus statement that literature shows how man is his own greatest enemy In the play A Streetcar Named Desire William uses characterization and themes to show how people cause their own problems in life This is demonstrated through the characterization of Blanche DuBois The events of Blanches life have led her onto a path of destruction In her feelings of loneliness and guilt after her husbands suicide Blanche looks for comfort in heavy drinking and sexual affairs causing her to loose her job self- respect and her place in her hometown Laurel and eventually her sanity Williams also shows this through the themes of desire and illusions In the play desire is one of Blanches motivations yet she tries to deny it Blanches desires have caused her to be driven out of Laurel and her inability to act appropriately on her desires brings Blanche to her downfall The theme of fantasy and illusion also shows how man is his own greatest enemy When talking to Mitch Blanche says I dont tell the truth I tell what ought to be the truth Blanches lies and contortion of reality come from her weakness and inability to confront the truth As you can see through the usage of characterization and themes Williams play supports Rousseaus statement that Literature shows how man is his own greatest enemy In the play Death of a Salesman Miller uses themes and symbols to show how people cause their own problems in life Willy Loman is a 63-year-old man who wants nothing more than to reach
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