Symbolism . Learning Objective: To examine how the motif of light and dark helps to convey the theme of reality versus fantasy. To use one of the symbols that Williams uses in ‘Streetcar’ in your own writing. . You can’t Handle the Light!.
To examine how the motif of light and dark helps to convey the theme of reality versus fantasy.
To use one of the symbols that Williams uses in ‘Streetcar’ in your own writing.
This was a time where women had very little control over their lives, where they had to do what they could to survive. (We see this with Blanche as well- the hotel in Laurel).
Mitch: This one with the paper thing on it. [He tears the paper lantern off the light bulb. She utters a frightened gasp] Blanche: What did you do that for?Mitch: So I can take a look at you good and plain!
See handout on symbols for more information
“What? No, what are you talking about? This is my property, my business. I don’t have any problems, I don’t need an ambulance!” Nectar said anxiously. The light still shone on him and seemed to eat into his uncovered skin.
“No, MrKondovasis, this is no longer your business, it closed months ago, someone else owns the building now. Please step outside or we will remove you from the premises ourselves.”
“No, no, no, I’m not going with you, I can’t” Nectar was in a state of disbelief. This didn’t make any sense, and yet something in his mind clicked. He slammed the door shut and clapped his hands to his head.
The door swung open again; the light struck him as if it were a solid object. A pair of hands grabbed him and hauled him from the darkness of the shop, out onto the street. There was a wash of white, piercing light. The spotlights of a police car were fixed on the front door.
“Hands against the wall, feet apart.” He was pushed against the front window of the shop, and complied. His mind had shut down, the light hurt too much, he could no longer comprehend what was going on. The same hands that grabbed him now patted him down, turned out his pockets, in the light, for all to see.
There was a radio call for a paramedic crew, and Nectar’s knees buckled. He passed out.
‘We need to hold onto illusions in order to cope with reality’, incorporating light/darkness or one of other symbols from ‘A Streetcar named Desire’ into your own writing.