Literary Analysis of Symbolism and Dramatic Irony
Both Tennessee Williams’ play “A Streetcar Named Desire”, and William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”, use literary devices such as symbolism and dramatic irony to enhance the idea that both characters are battling with inner conflict. Williams uses symbolism to show Blanche’s mental state due to her husband’s death in the past and how it affects her present life. Shakespeare uses dramatic irony to reveal that Hamlet only knows the truth behind his father’s death seeks revenge. Both authors use different devices, however, dramatic irony and symbolism connect both characters to the idea of living in solitary because of their lost loved ones. Solitary pushes people to a breaking point where they can’t handle the burdens of the problems they face.
In the play “A Streetcar Named Desire” the author reveals Blanche’s past that explains her actions. Blanche lost her husband because she exposed him for his sexuality and affair, which pushed him to commit suicided. Blanche has a strong sexual desire that she gives herself to men for other reasons. She feels that she had failed her young husband in some way. Therefore, she tries to diminish her guilt by giving herself at random to other young men. And by sleeping with other men, she is trying to fill the void left by Allan's death. "intimacies with strangers was all I seemed able to fill my empty heart with." (scene 9, page 146).