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on her. During scene nine when Mitch confronts Blanche with the reality of her life she says “ I don’t realism. I want magic! … I don’t tell the truth. I tell what ought to be the truth. And if that is sinful, then let me be damned for it!” (Williams 117). This is certainly clear evidence that she is afraid of reality and goes “back to her own delusions about herself” (Falk 96). Blanche is shown continuously taking long, hot baths. She says they help her calm her nerves. In the play she is seen saying “Here I am, all freshly bathed and scented, and feeling like a brand new human being!“ (Williams 37). Actually these bath scenes symbolize two things. First she subconsciously hopes to cleanse her sins away. The baths are a way to purify her from the past. She

feels that because of her inability to help her husband she is the cause of his suicide. Secondly “… they make her squeal with pleasure like a child…” (Bedient 50). This suggests her desire to be young again. She lies to Mitch about her age and later says a woman must create little illusions. This then goes back to the illusionary world she has made for herself. Although Blanche does not admit to drinking often, “No, I – rarely touch it.”(Williams 30) she does. This is a clear example of Blanche lying to herself and others because of her desire to be something other than what she really is. She pours it into her bottomless pit of emptiness. She uses the alcohol to drown out the horrifying sound of the music heard when her husband shoot himself. Symbolism is shown in

various ways. Williams uses astrological signs to emphasize the characteristics of his characters. Blanche, born under the Sign of Virgo, shows many Adcock 4 of its traits. Virgos are “intellectual, critical, fussy, shrewd, logical, methodical, practical, and has teaching ability. They can lack confidence and need constant reassurance“(signs in detail: Virgo). This coincides with Blanche because she use to be an English teacher but was fired. Furthermore, when first entering he apartment she acts in a very critical manner; “Oh, I’m not going to be hypocritical, I’m going to be honestly critical about it…Only Mr. Edgar Allen Poe! – Could do it justice… Why didn’t you tell me… that you had to live in these conditions” (Williams 20). Blanche is also a character

that needs reassurance about her looks. She mentions to her sister, Stella, that she hasn’t put on an ounce in ten years and asks about her appearance. However, she then criticizes her sister by telling her to watch her hips and maybe do something about her hair, not knowing that she is pregnant. Blanche can be described as the ‘perfect’ Virgo if compared to its traditional traits. The name Stanley Kowalski is just that, Stanley Kowalski. It has no significance; it’s just an ordinary name. Williams uses this name because it stands as reality. Stanley is the brutal reality of the play. He wants nothing but truth and will destroy anything other than that. According to Harris “Stanley destroys Blanche when he forces her to face “the essential and inescapable reality of

things”(85). Williams images are juxtaposed with Stanley’s “pitiless and probing realism” (Kernan 18) and his threatening “world of facts” (Corrigan 55) with Blanches fantasies. Williams shows how Stanley relates to his astrological sign, which is Capricorn, otherwise known as the goat, throughout the play. On the positive side, his reasoning ability is outstanding. He is socially oriented; always with his poker pals either playing Adcock 5 poker, bowling or in the corner pub. He is willing to work hard for what he wants. He is a salesman and has to travel a lot. As with Capricorns, Stanley is very untrusting and often investigative. When he hears of Belle Reve being lost he wants to examine Blanches belongings and the bank papers. His interests are only in the

Napoleonic Code (he loses money). He is a domineering person and animalistic in his ways. He wants what is his and has been referred to as the “gaudy seed-bearer.“ Stanley’s animalistic behavior is seen from the very start of the play. He is the “king” of his thrown. He strives for power and pride. What’s his is his and he makes sure of that. He is demanding and expects things be the way they ought to be in his mind. Stanley feels “sex equals domination” (Kazan 27). He relates sex with violence. This is seen when he becomes violent with Stella. He yells and hits her but when she leaves he calls for her like a lost child. They then reunite and have sexual relations. Because he feels Blanche has invaded his Kingdom the only way he knows how to reclaim it is by