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Streetcar named desire scene 10
Transcript of Streetcar named desire scene 10
with him." She wants a cultured man but is subconsciously attracted to basic strong male characters, which is understandable since her marriage with a cultured, sensitive man ended with disaster. Tension Buildup Blanche did try and defend herself in a minor way, with only threats, she did not take extreme measures to protect herself, why didn't she scream? Do you think Blanche really didn't mind what Stanley was doing to her. Scene 10 Their was no sexual tension between Blanche and Stanley up to scene ten but their are lots a contributing factors during the scene. Blanche and most likely Stanley as well are drunk which probably lead to the overall thought to commit the incident. Also Blanche is dressed with her good clothing this significantly built tension between them at that point making her more desirable, Blanche wanted to get away from Stanley which probably got him excited like a dog and made him act. These are all contributing factors to the tension buildup. overall significance in the play Scene ten is no doubt the most important part of the play, the climax to the story. Scene ten is when Blanche gets raped and we learn just how much Stella is devoted to Stanley. Did Blanche fight Back? "She sinks to her knees. He picks up her inert figure and carries her to the bed." Aftermath "Blanche walks on without turning, fallowed by the doctor and the matron." Since Stella cannot believe Blanche about what happend Blanche is forced to leave. Stanley's male dominance is shown once again as he has prevailed in getting rid of Blanche and emotionally scarring her for life, as well as keeping Stella for himself. Motifs
Blanche is described as being in “scuffed silver slippers”
Shows how the “white” clothes she had initially been described in at the start of the play had deteriorated into silver
This reflects the audience’s understanding that she is no longer as pure and “dainty” as they initially thought.
Stanley is portrayed wearing a “vivid green silk bowling shirt”
Later on ‘brilliant silk pajamas’
Both reflect the vibrancy and boldness of his character.
Stanley claims that it is a “red-letter night for” the both of them
the use of the color red reflects not only celebration but also the desires of Blanche, but also the passion and violence of Stanley. Color Insanity Blanche’s insanity is initially established when she talks about Shep’s wire with such detail that it suggests that she is starting to believe that it is true.
Blanche begins to see “lurid reflections and shadows that are “grotesque and menacing"
Reveals to the audience the extent to which Blanche is losing her grip on reality.
Her call to the Western Union crying out that she is in ‘desperate, desperate circumstances!’
Further reinforces her descent into insanity as she exaggerates her situation which in the end backfires as her fear is detected by Stanley who is amused by it.
This insanity reflects how much Stanley has affected her
Symbolises not only his victory over her, but also the victory of his society’s values over those of the wealthy society. Death/Fear of Death Symbolically, this scene is used by Williams to show the death of the aristocratic values of Blanche.
Blanche herself realizes this and believes she is in “desperate circumstances” as she is “caught in a trap” and needs “help”.
The “trap” is reality and Blanche feels that her dreams her dying before her eyes and she can no longer protect herself
She “presses her fists to her ears until” the sounds of reality (an approaching locomotive) pass by her. Light Blanche’s wishes for a “moonlight swim”
reveals how she wishes to purify herself of what she has done in the past by having a swim in the “moonlight”
light to describe Blanche’s behavior, to “cover the light-bulb with a paper lantern”
allows Blanche to escape the real world and view the world from her own perspective. Violence Themes This is one of the many flaws of Stanley’s world and the value system that he represents.
The “rough-house” treatment of Stanley to Blanche reflects this society’s primal instincts
Blanche’s pleas, “let me get by you!”, show how she is unable to escape from this male domination and violence. Illusion vs. Reality Blanche is forced to accept the reality of her age and the situation that she is living
Blanche ‘slams the mirror’ down breaking it at the start of the scene because she cannot bear to live in the real world.
Stanley destroys Blanche’s illusions, which he calls “lies and conceit and tricks”
helps to create a cruel image of him and the ‘real world’ that he represents
Stanley destroys Blanche and her world of beautiful illusions.
His rape of Blanche helps reveal how this reality is violent and brutal Loneliness and longing for love Blanche feels like she needs a man in order to survive
Shep represents her of a ideal man.
He represents her emotional needs and thus, the quotation, “What he wants is my companionship. Having great wealth sometimes makes people lonely”
Significant as it reveals how Blanche feels she needs money to gain power and protection, but also because Blanche expresses her desire to be with somone.
Foreshadows the next scene where Stella refuses to ‘believe [Blanche’s] story’ as if she did, she would no longer be able to ‘go on living with Stanley’ and she too would become lonely the way Blanche has been. Destructive nature of desire/sex Blanche’s desire for a man and for her dreams to be true only leads to her rape by Stanley.
Williams wishes to portray that desire can lead to dire consequences
this is clear from the very opening scene where the “streetcar named Desire” leads to another one called “Cemeteries”.
This is reinforced by Stanley’s quotation on page 211 where he says, “This millionaire from Dallas is not going to interfere with your privacy any?”
This helps to highlight how even Shep may use Blanche for his own needs and this desire from Blanche to be with a man such as Shep would lead to her downfall. Symbols Silk pajamas Stanley wore on his wedding night and are symbolic of is passion
They represent the vibrant vitality of his society.
Foreshadows the rape of Blanche due to the fact that this is what he wore during his first night with Stella
Stanley chooses to wear these pajamas whilst raping his wife’s sister, the night before his child is born.
He is at the peak of his manhood, feels the need to once again exert and show off his power in some way. Beer Bottles On numerous occasions during this scene the audience can see beer bottles on stage.
The audience sees Stanley bringing “some quart beer bottles”
Foreshadowing the rape when he says ‘This is all I’m going to undress right now’ as he ‘rips the sack off a quart beer-bottle’.
the beer bottle is significant at the end of the scene where Blanche “smashes a bottle on the table and faces him, clutching the broken top”.
Alcohol is one way that Blanche is able to escape reality and believe that she is her illusory dream. Tiger Stanley describes Blanche as a “Tiger”.
Gives the audience the impression that Blanche is a predator who seizes any opportunity available in order to get what she wants.
From a feminist perspective the word “Tiger”, a physically strong and imposing animal, indicates the mental strength required for a woman to break through in the animalistic society that Stanley represents. Character
Analysis Stanley Stanley seems happy enough to ignore Blanche’s lies about Shep, even though they are not true.
When Blanche describes Stanley and Mitch as “swine”, Stanley can no longer control himself and he crushes Blanche’s fabricated reality.
There are two ways in which the audience can interpret the way Stanley destroys Blanche’s illusory dream; they could either view him as someone who is doing the right thing by bringing Blanche to the real world or they could view him as a villain for destroying the dreams that Blanche feels she needs in order to survive.
Stanley’s cruelty is emphasised through his relentless mockery of Blanche Blanche At the start of the play, she is clearly shown to be someone who is holding onto the image of a sophisticated and “dainty” character that comes from an aristocratic society but by Scene 10, she has become fully aware that this is a delusion which is why she “slams the mirror face down” at the very start of the scene as she has realised that she is unable to fool herself anymore.
When Stanley appears, she is forced to imagine that she has received a telegram from Shep in order to escape the reality that she is being forced out by Stanley and that Mitch no longer wants her.
When Stanley asks a question about the telegram, and Blanche replies “What telegram?”, it becomes quite evident to the audience that this was all pretence; Stanley destroys Blanche’s delusions and makes her face the truth.
Moreover, Blanche’s insanity becomes more and more apparent through the “lurid reflections” and “grotesque” shadow that surround her.
Her rape symbolises her final defeat to the values that Stanley’s society represents and the extinction of the morals and values of the aristocratic society. Imagery Animal Imagery Blanche also hears “inhuman jungle voices” which reflects her insanity.
Stanley is described almost as being snake like as his bites ‘his tongue which protrudes between his lips.’
This image displays Stanley as venomous and creates a repulsive image of him as he ‘takes a step towards’ Blanche.
Stanley “springs towards” Blanche indicates his predatory and violent nature.
Stanley describes Blanche as a “Tiger” which reveals how Blanche always seizes opportunities in order to get what she wants. Sounds the “barely audible ‘blue piano’ begins to drum up louder” helps to add to the tension in the scene
the “roar of an approaching locomotive” reveals Blanche’s insecurity as the outside world, which represents reality, is intruding and destroying her fabricated reality.
The scene ends with the “hot trumpet and drums of the Four Deuces” which is intended to show how Blanche is being raped as the Four Deuces is a brothel and the trumpet and drums signify Stanley’s victory over Blanche. The bathroom the bathroom was a place of refuge for Blanche as she could protect herself from reality by locking herself away and washing her memories of the past.
in this scene, it is Stanley who “goes into the bathroom and closes the door” which shows how Stanley has symbolically stolen Blanche’s last place of refuge.
it is during Stanley’s time in the bathroom that Blanche’s state of mind deteriorates even more rapidly as she is unable to even recall Shep’s number and as she feels that she is “caught in a trap”. In the time era of the book was it common for a guy to rape a women and compare this to now days? When Stanley enters the scene at the end, is he on the prowl and ready to strike, or is it only Blanches fear of rape that puts the thought in Stanleys mind ? What lie does Blanche tell Stanley about her meeting Mitch and why was Stanley mad about that ? Why didn't Blanche escape or call for help when she noticed Stanley going crazy ? What does this tell you about Blanche ? What does Blanches description about Shep Huntleigh tell you about Blanche ? Explain What are some things that the rape symbolizes ? "Like a snake , Stanley flicks his tongue at Blanche through his teeth". What does this tell you about Stanley ? What can the audience see through theback wall after Blanhes frantic attempt to call Shep Huntleigh?