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A Streetcar Named Desire

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Magic for Blanche

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Select all of the reasons why Blanche's following lines are significant to understanding her character.

I don't want realism. I want magic. Yes, yes, magic! I try to give that to people. I misrepresent things to them. I don't tell the truth, I tell what *ought to be the truth. And if that is sinful, then let me be damned for it!

A

The focus on magic reveals Blanche's break with reality and her impending lunacy.

B

The reference to magic implies that Blanche sincerely did not mean to deceive anyone but "soften" the reality for them.

C

These lines reveal that Blanche is fully aware of her deceptions but that she does not see them as harmful.

D

This is the first time Blanche take responsibility for her illusions.

E

Blanche's monologue here directly relates to Mitch tearing the paper lantern off.