Upstairs lives another couple, Eunice and Steve. The dynamic between main characters Stella and Stanley is made immediately clear when he—clearly a gruff dude—tosses a piece of meat to his wife for her to make into dinner. After both Kowalskis exit, Blanche DuBois comes onstage. When Stella comes back, the sisters reunite and Blanche reveals some bad news:
He is annoyed because he has to eat a cold plate which Stella placed in the ice box.
But Stanley wants to return to the loss of Belle Reve. He wants to see a bill of sale or some papers. He reminds Stella of the Napoleonic Code which states that anything belonging to the wife belongs also to the husband. Thus if the wife is swindled, then the husband is swindled and Stanley does not like to be swindled.
Stanley looks at all the furs and jewelry Blanche has brought with her and demands to know where the money came from to buy these. Stella tries to explain that it is all just artificial stuff and very cheap.
But Stanley is going to have a friend evaluate it all. Stella goes out on the porch so as to end the discussion. When Blanche comes from her hot bath, she asks Stanley to button her and to give her a drag on his cigarette.
He begins to question her about the clothes and Blanche begins fishing for a compliment from him about her looks. Then Stanley asks her about the loss of Belle Reve. Stanley asks her for the papers. She goes to the trunk and hands him a tin box.
He wants to know what the other papers are and at the same time snatches them. Blanche tells him that they are love letters and the touch of his hands insults them.
She then gives him the papers from many firms which had made loans on the plantation and comments that it is fitting all these old papers should now be in his hands. He takes the papers and tries to justify his suspicion by saying he has to be careful now that Stella is going to have a baby.
When Stella returns, Blanche tells her how happy she is about the baby and how well she handled Stanley and that she even flirted with him. They leave as the poker players begin to arrive. She bathes constantly so as to soothe her nerves.
But this is also a cleansing symbol. By her baths, she subconsciously hopes to cleanse her sins away. The baths are also another quirk which annoys Stanley since the hot baths make the apartment even hotter.
Note the open and flagrant manner in which Blanche flirts with Stanley. Again the buttons, the request for a drag on his cigarette, and the trunk function as favorite Freudian symbols. Here they are used to reinforce the idea that Blanche is attempting symbolically to seduce Stanley.
She tries to use her charms. Actually, she wants Stanley to admire her and willingly commits a breach of decorum when she attempts this symbolic seduction. This second scene presents the second encounter between the Stanley and Blanche worlds.
She says of her husband: Blanche also recognizes the difference between the two worlds when she presents Stanley the collected papers of Belle Reve and thinks that it is fitting their papers for the aristocratic home should now be in his brutal hands.
At the end of the encounter, it is Blanche who is left trembling and shaken by the encounter.Aug 23, · A Streetcar Named Desire has only one setting: a two story flat in New Orleans.
During the time period in which the play was set, New Orleans was transforming from the old "aristocratic" south to the new "industrialized" south. The play had four main characters: Stella, Stanley, Blanche, and Mitch. Stella is Stanley's wife and Blanche's sister.
Throughout the play, Stella is sympathetic towards feelthefish.coms: 2. Character Analysis of Blanche Through Text and Symbolism in A Streetcar Named Desire Tennessee Williams was once quoted as saying "Symbols are nothing but the natural speech of drama the purest language of plays" (Adler 30).
A Streetcar Named Desire | Blanche And Stella Analysis. Print Reference this critics such as Felicia Hardison Londré denote Tennessee Williams´ A Streetcar Named Desire also as "a lyrical drama which had a considerable effect on the script of A Streetcar Named Desire.
By changing the characters´ nationality as well as their. A list of all the characters in A Streetcar Named Desire. The A Streetcar Named Desire characters covered include: Blanche DuBois, Stella Kowalski, Stanley Kowalski, Harold “Mitch” Mitchell, Eunice, Allan Grey, A Young Collector, Shep Huntleigh, Steve, Pablo, A Negro Woman, A Doctor, A Mexican Woman, A Nurse, Shaw, Prostitute.
Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire creates one of the most unusual antagonists in American drama. Stanley Kowalski has the perfect, happy life before his sister-in-law shows up to. "A Streetcar Named Desire" written by Tennessee Williams is set in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
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