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'in order to survive, deception is necessary for all the characters'. To what extent for you agree with this view of a streetcar named desire?

anyone have any good arguments or quotes for this 40 mark practice question. any good critics also?
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(Original post by happybunny8032)
'in order to survive, deception is necessary for all the characters'. To what extent for you agree with this view of a streetcar named desire?

anyone have any good arguments or quotes for this 40 mark practice question. any good critics also?
Though it's been a while since I've studied the play, I can think of a few places to help you get started:

The over-arching theme of New World VS Old World; Blanche VS Stanley - she lives in a world surrounded in deception and ultimately fails, while Stanley is essentially out in the open until scene 10 and it's aftermath. Does this mean that deception no longer provides an advantage in the modern world of the 1940s? Moreover, Blanche's move to a mental asylum in the denouement may also imply that living with deception - as a person - is a dangerous thing to do and

You could also link this to Stella, and her own deception. She believes Blanche about what happened in scene 10, and how she "Couldn't believe her and go on living with Stanley" (quote paraphrasing; Scene 11) Does this show that deception, perhaps through ignorance is good? (could contrast with how she's remaining to stay with Stanley, who, in scene 3 is the opposite of kind to her.) This compares to Alan - Blanche's husband, as once his deception was revealed to Blanche, as explained in her analepsis to Mitch, it began to lead to his downfall and ultimately his death.

I hope this helps - and makes some element of sense
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EsteloftheEyrie has some good points for you, so I wouldn't care to add much.

The play is the story of various frictions and confrontations between the characters, none of them particularly belong together and Blanche doesn't belong in the setting she finds herself. All of the characters are forced to maintain a false view of the other, and of their circumstances, in order to overlook these facts.

Here's a few quotes that may help get you thinking about the characters in that way.

"I don't want realism. I want magic! Yes, yes, magic. I try to give that to people.
I do misrepresent things. I don't tell truths. I tell what ought to be truth." - Blanche

"And wasn't we happy together? Wasn't it all okay till she showed here? And wasn't we happy together?" - Stanley
(No - no they were not.)

“I know I fib a good deal. After all, a woman's charm is fifty per cent illusion,
but when a thing is important I tell the truth." - Blanche
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thank you so much!!!!!
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