Crisis

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A moment of crisis can have a significant impact on an individual’s life, as Thomas Paine said, “These are the times that try men's soul”. The moment of truth; that turning point that rushes into your life without an invitation, challenging you to make hard decisions that can change your life completely, some people know how to deal with it, others struggle to find a way out. In the play A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams demonstrates the changes that occurred in Blanche’s life after her husband killed himself. Therefore, it will become evident that the loss of loved ones alter peoples’ personalities, ruin their relationships, and affect their wellbeing.
After her husband’s death, Blanche’s personality was completely altered. First, she became very insecure. “I can’t stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action.” Blanche does not like to be seen in bright light, she believes that she is getting old; therefore her beauty has a lot of flaws, and if people were to see those flaws, she would end up alone, which is the last thing she wants, knowing that she craves attention. Blanche feels very lonely because she has no support in her life, that is why she needs people to depend on, “I want to be near you”, she told Stella. Also, Blanche has developed a bad habit of lying. At first, it seemed like she was trying to protect her image, but by the end it looked as though she started believing in her fantasies. She told Stanely that Shep Huntleigh has invited her to a trip to the Carrabin’s and she accepted. Blanche’s life was build up upon lies and fantasies; reality was too harsh for her, so she tried to create her own magical world in order to fulfill her desires, she said ““I don't w...

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...anely raped her, he was thinking that she have already done it with many other men, and one more wouldn’t hurt, so he did it without hesitation. Last but not least, Blanche ended up in a mental institute. Blanche’s illusions had no place in the realistic world; she was too delicate, and this unforgiving world was not a good place for her to live in, so when her desired died, Blanche fell apart.
Thus, when people experience loss, their lives change. Just like Blanche, A delicate lady who couldn’t find her way in the challenging and intolerant world we live in after her husband died. As a result, she built her own world, where she lived all her illusions, but in the process, she ended up destroying all that really matters; her personality, relationships, and wellbeing. As Robert Louis Stevenson said “Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences.”

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