Expository Essay (Ref to Street Car Named Desire)

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“Whose Reality?”

I have chosen to write an imaginative piece in the form of an essay for publication in a year 12 collection of essays on “whose reality?” with particular reference to “A streetcar named desire” and also drawing upon the text “eternal love” and personal anecdotes in order to connect to the issue of reality being hurtful. The collection’s intended audience is teachers and students of year 12 English. My purpose will be to consider the central issue of the prompt, namely, how reality hurts others and the ensuing consequences. I will focus mainly on Stanley’s and Blanche’s sense of reality and how it effects themselves with examples from the text “A streetcar named desire” to how what can happen if individuals such as Stanley and Blanche can be effected by there view on the world and how it operates. I will also consider this prompt in a broader global context with reference to social issues such as, binge drinking, and mental issues.

I will try to keep to the third person voice, this way my essay is intended to be a balanced and reflective piece, moderate in tone but also authoritative. Because my audience is adult, I will attempt to use a sophisticated vocabulary with strong topic sentences.

Quiet, quiet is the house of old Mr Helms. The old wooden blinds lightly tap on the wall while swaying in the light breeze, littering the air with dust and disturbing the moths and flies resting on the windowsill, spiders hang in webs above the old wooden bed, there is also a strange smell that lurks around the small 2 roomed house. Mr Helms sits silently in his old rocking chair which expels a painful creak as he slowly rocks. Little light is allowed to slip through the dusty wooden blinds, this is due to the fact that mr Helms is a private man who doesn’t like people seeing in to his two roomed house, his kingdom, so the blinds stay closed. This dark, dusty house provides shelter from the outside world, from reality, for mr Helms this is comforting...
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