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Kurukshetra University




Tennessee Williams’ play A Streetcar Named Desire was a very popular hit on the American stage during the 1940s. This play also bagged Williams with a Pulitzer Prize. A Streetcar Named Desire was a play with multiple dominant themes like theme of loneliness, of quest for self-fulfillment, of sex and death, and so on. However, the theme of Illusion versus Reality overshadows the others. This play is a beautiful epitome in the field of behavioural study of opposite natures or attitudes. The characters Stanley Kowalski and Blanche Dubois represent two different worlds. Each tries to assert its superiority over the other. Stanley is a raw, straight-forward, and realist man who detests lies and fake show off. While on the other hand, Blanche Dubois is all full of fantasies and illusions. Her whole world rests upon her made-up stories. The present paper makes a study of the clash between these two opposite worlds and attempts to record the consequences of such a clash on both these worlds.

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Theme Of Illusion Versus Reality In Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire