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A Street Car Named Desire

The role of fate, luck, chance and poker in A Street Car Named Desire

Maggie Oliana

on 4 December 2012

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Transcript of A Street Car Named Desire

The Players: Stanley Blanche The Dealer: Stella Love Deceit Hatred Desire Betrayal loud, flamboyant player who is here to win
aggressive playing habits
needs to win the jackpot
will not sit out any hand or fold any game
doesn't bluff - plays the cards he has pretentious high roller
in it to win
bluffs - a lot
wearing sunglasses - because her bluff is not all that believable
the lantern is Blanche's sunglasses - hiding her from the light Fate Blanche love for Stella
only purpose for being in New Orleans is to win Stella's love over Stanley's Stanley holding the same love card as Blanche
love for Stella
refuses to lose his Stella to Blanche Blanche comes off as soft, gentle, helpless, victim, but hateful of many things
hates Stanley
hates herself equally
this card is the beginning of her downfall
tries to use her hatred card against Stanley by telling Stella to leave him Blanche betrayal of the true Blanche
leads to her ultimate downfall
forces Stella to betray herself
Stella wants to believe Blanche but chooses not to Stanley what he lives by, he betrays everyone he comes into contact with
betrays Blanche simply because he hates her and seeks to gain control over her
betrays Stella by raping Blanche Blanche: Then I heard the voices say- Allan! Allan! The Grey boy! He’d stuck the revolver into his mouth, and fired-so that the back of his head had been blown away! [she sways and covers her face.] It was because –on the dance floor-unable to stop my-self –I’d suddenly said-“I saw! I know! You disgust me ….” - Page 96 Blanche: Tiger-tiger! Drop the bottle top! Drop it!

Stanley:We’ve had this date with each other from the beginning!

[ She moans. The bottle top falls. She sinks to her knees. He picks up her inert figure…] - Page 130 Stanley:
card that helps him win the jackpot
usage of deceit: exposing Blanche's past to Mitch
most used card
wants to be perceived for what she is not
living a lie Scene 9: When Mitch confronts Blanche about her past is a perfect example of deceit, page 116:
Mitch: What it means is I've never had a real good look at you, Blanche. Let's turn the light on in here.
Blanche [fearful]: Which light? What for?
Mitch: The one with the paper thing on it. [He tears the paper lantern off the light bulb. She utters a frightened gasp.]
Blanche: What did you do that for?
Mitch: So I can take a look at you good and plain!
Blanche: Of course you don't really mean to be insulting!
Mitch: No, just realistic. Stanley:
desire of Stella, and being in control
desire to be alpha male
desires protected by all costs
driven by desire
desire to be somebody she is not
hates herself, so creates a new person
desire to be someone else leads to downfall
driven by desire Scene 3, page 47:
Steve: Seven-card stud [Telling his joke as he deals] This old farmer is out in back of his house sittin' down th'owing corn to the chickens when all at once he hears a loud cackle and this young hen comes lickety split around the side of the house with the rooster right behind her and gaining on her fast.
Stanley: [Impatient with the story]: Deal!

Scene 3, page 59-60:
Stanley: Stell-lahhhhhhh!
Eunice: Quit that howling out there an' go back to bed!
Stanley: I want my baby down here, Stella, Stella!
Eunice: She ain't comin' down so you quit! Or you'll get th' law on you!
Stanley: Stella!

Scene 9, page 116:
Blanche: 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 truth. for both Stanley and Blanche, fate is determined by desire
being driven by desire leads to a fate of self-destruction
victims of desire, unable to escape their fate
Blanche: lying, drinking, shameless flirting
Stanley: controlling, abusiveness, agressiveness Luck Stanley: You know what luck is? Luck is believing you're lucky. Take at Salerno, I believed I was lucky. I figured that 4 out of 5 would not come through but I would...and I did. I put that down as a rule. To hold front position in this rat race you've got to believe you are lucky. - Page 181 page 130:
Stanley: Oh! So you want some rough-house! All right, let's have some rough-house!
[He springs toward her, overturning the table. She cries out and strikes at him with the bottle top but he catches her wrist.]
Tiger-tiger! Drop the bottle top! Drop it! We've had this date with eachother from the beginning!
[She moans. The bottle top falls. She sinks to her knees. He picks up her inert figure and carries her to the bed. The hot trumpet and drums from the Four Deuces sound loudly.] This game is a seven-card stud.
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