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The Poker Game
Transcript of The Poker Game
and its significance as a symbol to
A Streetcar Named Desire
Gender inequality and Domestic violence:
"The Poker Players--Stanley, Steve, Mitch,and Pablo--wear...they are men at the peak of their physical manhood...direct and powerful as the primary colors" (Williams 45).
"Mitch: Poker shouldn't be played in a house with women" (Williams 58).
"[Stanley charges after Stella]...there is the sound of a blow. Stella cries out..." (Willliams 57)
The dialogue and views expressed during the game
Stanley vs. Blanche:
"Only the seductress (or seducer) is allowed to win. Queen of Hearts, Queen of Diamonds (really rhinestones), Blanche flirts and sparkles. The role of the others is but to succumb. But Blanche secretly fears death, the Queen of Spades, hence the desperation underlying her airy ways.To Blanche, Stanley is like death: He is nonseducible." pg. 45
Poker references within the text
The poker game is the battle between Stanley and Blanche.
It shows gender inequality.
It further reveals the dysfunctional relationship between Stanley and Stella.
Alcoholism: Alcohol increases Stanley sense of dominance; thus increasing his aggression.
it also shows the persona of the setting. The setting is in New Orleans, which is famous for gambling.
It is in the poker game when Blanche and Mitch attraction to each other began.
What is the significance of Poker game?
Bloom, Harold. A Streetcar Named Desire - Tennessee Williams, New Edition. New York: Chelsea House, 2009. Infobase eBooks. Web. 26 Feb. 2015.<http://ebooks.infobaselearning.com/View.aspx?ISBN=9781438126289&InstID=2740>.
Williams, Tennessee. A Streetcar Named Desire: A Play. New York: New Directions, 1947. Print.
Who are the players of the game ?
By: Dal Embick and Aj Gonzales
What happens in a Poker Game?
Seven Card Stud
Seven card Stud is a type of poker game played by two or eight players.
1) All the players put in an ante, which means that everyone puts in a force bet.
2) the dealer deals two cards down (hole) and one faced up.
3)everyone looks at their hole cards.
4)The player with the lowest card showing face up has to put in a small bet; this is called a bring in. The betting proceeds. Each player can call, raise or fold their cards.
5) card is dealt to each player face up (fourth street)
6) fifth card is dealt face up; betting continues
7) sixth card is dealt face up; betting continues
8) seventh card is dealt face down to the players; the betting continues for the final round.
9) The players show their cards. The player who had the best five out of seven cards wins and takes all the betting money.
How to Play:
Stanley is the husband of Stella Dubois.
a former WWI veteran and commoner.
Unlike the Dubois sisters, he worked for his success.
he is "strongly built. Animal joy in his being is implicit in all his movements and attitudes." (Williams 29)
he is pretty superior over his friends and his wife: "Stella: No, Stanley's the only one of his crowd that's likely to get anywhere" (Williams 50).
He desires control and power.
His approach to this game is to use his aggressive nature to win the price.
Stella's older sister.
comes from an a rich, aristocratic family in Mississippi, who formerly owned a plantation called Belle Reve.
comes to New Orleans to her sister after losing Belle Reve and to escape her life in Laurel, Mississippi.
"Her delicate beauty must avoid light there is something about her uncertain manner, as well as her clothes that suggests a moth" (Williams 15).
Like Stanley, she also acts very superior.
self-conscious, unrealistic, and deceiving.
she plans to win the game through deception.
younger sister of Blanche and the wife of Stanley.
She is the peace maker in the house.
submissive to Stanley. she sometimes fights back, but Stanley overpowers her.
In this poker game, She is the prize.
Stanley's best friend and coworker
a love interest of Blanche.
Unlike his friends, he is more civil, non-aggressive, but he is easy to deceive.
He lives with his mother.
approach to the game: he fold his cards. In other words, he quits the game when he sees Blanche. *he has the lowest card.
"The Poker Game"
who wins the game?
In poker, the players have to put on a poker face to help them in the game. Blanche was able to put a "poker face." She tries to hide under the luxuries and her aristocratic manner to cover her dirt and her hatred towards herself. She hides herself under the the dim light as well as putting makeup on to build a "strong poker face"
However, unlike Stella and Mitch, she is unable to deceive Stanley. Stanley is able to deconstruct her Poker face.
Stanley was able to penetrate through her poker face by finding out what really happened and why she came to New Orleans. He destroys his relationship with Mitch and Stella.
Based on the quote, the Poker Players
are described to be dominant. Women were treated with contempt. they are seen as inferiors.
Mitch already backs out by leaving Blanche.
the finalists are Stanley and Blanche.
Stanley finds out her weakness.
Not only does he ruin her life, he also abuses her by raping her.
At the end, the seductress card is no longer effective.
Stanley used betrayal, deceiving, and hatred card. Therefore, he wins.
He gets stella and her baby.
he becomes the "hero"
"This game is a seven-card Stud" (Williams 142).
*As the cards are being dealt and flipped, it shows the gradual revelation of the characters' motives and personality.
Stanley attacks Stella, because he realized that he is losing his power over her.
"Blance: I cannot imagine any witch of a woman casting a spell on you...to interest you a woman would have to ...
Stanley: lay her cards on the table" (Williams 40).
"Blanche: All right. Cards on the table that suits me. I know a fib good deal...a women's charm is fifty percent illusion, but when a thing is important I tell the truth..." (Williams 41"