In A Streetcar Named Desire, light is truth—something that Blanche repeatedly runs from. She is unable to face the truth about herself and her life, so she cloaks herself in shade and darkness. However, truth has a way of finding Blanche, despite her best efforts to stay in the dark.
Blanche attempts to keep her demons hidden, but they come to light. For instance, she is tortured by the memory of her young husband Allan. He committed suicide as a result of a confrontation with Blanche. She has buried the memory, but she still feels guilty for telling him he disgusted her. Blanche feels responsible for his death and wishes the truth to remain hidden in the past.
Allan’s death is not the only truth that haunts Blanche. She is upset that Stella moved away from their home at Belle Reve and left Blanche to deal with all responsibility. One by one, their family members died. About the pain, she says:
I took the blows in my face and my body! All of those deaths! The long parade to the...
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