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The authors of both stories create tragic story lines through the motifs of failed dreams and denial of reality. By examining these motifs. because her male relatives “exchanged the land for their epic fornications. In a way. some stories are tragic not because of death or physical pain but rather because of life altering social and emotional damage.” However. for the characters must carry on living while cognizant of an altered state of mind and life. and Honey from Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf the reader comes to see that a tragedy does not have to be literal with regards to death but can rather be metaphorical in the ensuing damage. emotions. From the onset of the story. In A Street Car Named Desire. these social deaths are far more tragic than human death. whose life seems to be one continuous disappointment. these damages alter the characters and their relationships for the rest of time. Nick. a dream that never materializes. the reader is made aware of Blanche’s goal to live the life of a southern aristocrat. and Blanche from A street Car Named Desire and those of George.Tragic stories are often literal in their tragic sentiment with characters dying or undergoing much physical agony. along with the social dynamics and interactions of Stanley. Ultimately. Martha. However. The first roadblock in her dream was when she found out that she had no money to her name. the real obstacle to the actualization of her dream of living a high- . The first recurrent theme that the authors of Who’s Afraid of Virgina Wolf and A Street Car Named Desire use to create a tragic story is by killing the characters’ hopes and dreams rather than the actual characters. no character exemplifies this motif more than Blanche. essentially resulting in the tragic death of specific relationships. and outlook rather than human life. Stella. Two such works that are tragic in their social and personality damage to the main character are A Streetcar Named Desire and Who’s Afraid of Virgin Wolf. Famous tragedies including Oedipus and Macbeth have protagonists that suffer through extreme physical and emotional pain as their family members die through tragic plotlines.
a plan that would fail just like George’s plans to be dean. However. Additionally. This is manifested in Blanche’s optimism in finding a man and marrying. when Blanche goes to New Orleans.society southern life was when her husband killed himself. she still carries with her a smidgen of hope that her life may improve and may even steer towards her aristocratic goal. However it seems like a vain attempt by George to try to use Nick for his George’s own purposes. This forced her go to the only family she had left. her life soon slipped into an immoral. In fact. She had met her husband was she was only sixteen and she claimed to have loved him terribly. Blanche’s life falls back to disappointment and depression. Likewise. “There is a God. she held on to love letters from her husband even after she was “disgusted” by his actions. This becomes evident when he talks to Nick as if eventually they will control the University and sleep with lots of women. George’s previous goal of becoming a successful author was crushed my Martha’s father and his refusal to allow George’s book to be published. However. When Blanche’s husband died so did any chance of her staying in Belle Reeve and living a life of a southern bell. This effort and optimism ultimately lies within her relationship to Mitch. George no doubt had the hope when he was younger to eventually take over the University as dean. With her final chance of reaching her goal and dream gone. tail spin that eventually lead to her being kicked out of Belle Reeve. out of control. . in the story Who’s afraid of Virginia Wolf there is also a motif failed hopes among its characters. her plans and hopes are abruptly deterred when Stanley reveals Blanche’s past to Mitch. The two main characters whose failed dreams are the most apparent are George and Martha.” This statement serves as a reinvigorated belief in her potential goal actualization. After her husband’s death. The relationship seems to head in a positive direction and when Blanche finally kisses Mitch she is so happy that she proclaims. who no longer considers her a marriageable women after learning this information.
However.Furthermore. thus continuing the family tradition. Furthermore. The motif of failed dreams reveals the tragic reality that characters in A Street Car Named Desire and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf have failed to reach their goals and carry little hope in the success of their futures. She married George because she hoped that George would become the head of the University. perhaps a metaphor to their failure in meeting expectations in general. they seem to be in denial over their failures. his life will most likely parallel George’s. Ultimately. like Martha’s father. It is very tragic that the reader knows that although Nick is young and athletic. The reader immediately sees that Blanche is in denial when she at the very start of the story she implies a facade of a proper southern bell while lying about her abhorrent drinking habits. Likewise. and never received the promotion he’d hoped for. and all they have left is drunken nights together. This brings forth an obvious connection between Nick and George who both apparently cannot perform in the bedroom. Martha’s dream of self-importance was connected to George’s potential for success. the story seems to portray Nick as a younger version of George. which is another recurring motif in both stories. Throughout the story the reader can see a pattern of denial with Blanche as she lies about her age and says that she is the younger sister of Stella and will only stay in dimly lit rooms that will not reveal her aging physical attributes. In A Street Car Named Desire no two characters are locked in denial more than Blanche and Stella. The story even hints to the fact that Nick’s hopes of one day taking over the school will also fail like George. George was not competent enough to run the school. though the characters mentioned have shattered dreams and hopers. In fact. George’s failure to succeed also prevents Martha’s dream of familial prestige. There is no doubt that the reason why she fooled around . Nick’s inability to maintain an erection leads Martha to reveal that this is an issue with all men in her life.
That is.” Stanley will be the only one going somewhere with his life. No one would side with her after the rape. further destroying her mental and emotional state. Blanche falls deeper into her own fantasy world until Blanche is admitted to an insane asylum. after Stanley beats Stella. However the most tragic part of Blanche’s continuous denial of the truth is that if she would not have “lied inside and out” to Mitch than maybe they would have ended up together. she just attributes it to their sexual hunger and passion. it allowed for Stanley to rape her and get away with it. It is tragic than Stella denial leads her to continue to live with a man that not . However. As a result of Stella’s denial of Stanley’s true nature. Her constant lying almost pays off and she gets Mitch to believe she is a she has “old fashion ideals. any hope of him every settling down with Blanche is gone.” However. Stella’s denial comes full circle when she believes Stanley did not rape Blanche. She denies the rape not because she thinks Stanley is incapable of such a terrible action. which makes sense since she lied to so many of them. Stella’s denial becomes more obvious when she says that out of all “the guys.with the seventeen year old was because it made her think feel young again. For example. no matter what is done or how harmful the results. Stella never questions the moral or ethical implication of Stanley’s actions and words. even though Stanley seems the most boorish out of all his friends. but rather to acknowledge such actions would surely destroy her marriage and force her to come to terms with many unfavorable realities. Stella’s denial is mostly seen in her categorization of Stanley’s actions. Her denial further haunts her when she is raped by Stanley. when Stanley reveals to Mitch the truth. It is so tragic that her lying not only lost her the one man that could have saved her. her lying destroys any hope she had with Mitch and any hope she had of a better life. Another character in A Street Car Named Desire that relays the motif of denial is Stella. Blanche continues to lie not only to other people but to herself.
the characters in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf also experience strong sentiments of denial. supplemented by belief in its potential. However. it is usually the circumstances that lead to the involved death that are tragic.only beats her. This made up son reveals the tragic reality that George and Martha’s lives are so empty that they must fantasize about children they don’t even have. but also raped her sister the day Stella gave birth. rather than the death itself. The child seems like the only thing George and Martha ever actually made or created. The most interesting and odd part about the son fabrication is the claim that the reason why George “killed him” was because Martha mentioned him to someone else. it a their personal fantasy. in Romeo and Juliet the tragedy . The reader later finds out that this story is actually a fictional book that George tried to pass of an autobiography and publish through Martha’s father. One first sees that George is in denial when he tells Nick the story of a boy from his school that accidentally kills his parents. Even though the book will not be published he now tries to pass it off to Nick as a true story that happened to a schoolmate. From the start of the story there is mention of George and Martha’s son. For example. a traditionally emotionally important milestone for parents. who is described in detail to Nick and Honey along with the boy’s interests. His denial is manifested in his holding on to the story in any way he can. who turned it down because he considered it to be trash. This shows that this made up son is not a game that George and Martha play on guests. They speak of how the son was born and his childhood in great detail. Similarly. is so strong that attacks Martha for revealing the truth. His investment in this denial. it soon revealed to the reader that the son does not actually exist. When tragedy is a result of death. However the biggest act of denial (and plain fabrication) is George and Martha’s creating a fake child.
the reader comes to see that a tragedy does not have to be literal with regards to death but can rather be metaphorical in the ensuing emotional and social damage. perhaps not loss of literal life.was not the fact that both Romeo and Juliet died. essentially resulting in the tragic death of specific relationships. the deaths could have been prevented and love could have conquered all. and outlook rather than human life. the tragedy is loss of life. but loss of potential life in the self-actualizations of emotional and social goals and dreams. The tragedy is the loss of life rather than death. in both A street Car Named Desire and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Ultimately. . emotions. By examining both stories. bur rather the circumstances in which they die. Likewise. these damages alter the characters and their relationships for the rest of time.