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Streetcar Named Desire

An analysis of the main characters from Streetcar Named Desire.

Taylor Wilson

on 20 April 2011

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A Streetcar Named Desire Blanche Stella Stanley Mitch I chose Cate Blanchett for Blanche because of her ability to be both frightening ("Yes, a big spider! That's where I brought my victims." p.118) and fearful ("Not with you there! But I've got to get out somehow!" p.129).She has an almost ethereal beauty ("Her delicate beauty must avoid a strong light. There is something about her manner, and her white clothes, that suggests a moth" p.15) and a mature appearance ("And I-I'm fading now!" p.79) therefore her appearance befits that of Blanche. Blanche has been placed in the bathroom due to her constant bathing ("I take hot baths for my nerves." p.110) with the desire to wash away the sins of her past ("Washing out some things?" p.97) and her desire to keep hidden ("I don't think I've ever seen you in the light." p.116) and secretive nature ("I don't tell truth, I tell what ought to be truth." p.117), as a bathroom is a private place. Stanley was placed at the kitchen table because he constantly hosts poker parties there ("His poker party, you call it-this party of apes" p.72) as well as the fact that it is placed in the centre of the apartment, as Stanley becomes the centre of Blanche's tragic end ("The first time I laid eyes on him I thought to myself, that man is my executioner!" p.93). I chose Sam Worthington for Stanley, as he does have a rough outward appearance ("...roughly dressed in blue denim work clothes." p.13), as well as an ability to portray the angry and vicious actions that Stanley perpetrates against both Stella ("There is the sound of a blow. Stella cries out." p.57) and Blanche ("Come to think of it-maybe you wouldn't be bad to-interfere with..." p.129). However, I also believe that he can show the Stanley that, somewhere deep down, truly appears to care for Stella ("Stella! Stella, sweetheart! Stella!" p.59), and at the same time desire her complete loyalty ("Over her head he grins through the curtains at Blanche." p.73) and devotion ("Stell, it's gonna be all right after she goes and after you've had the baby. It's gonna be all right again between you and me the way it was." p.109). His appearance even lends to the animalistic aspect of Stanley ("Yes, something-ape-like about him, like one of those pictures I've seen in-anthropological studies!" p.72). Mitch was placed outside of the house because he doesn't actually belong to the Kowalski DuBois family, and goes into and out of the house, as he goes into and out of Blanche's life ("No, I don't think he's necessarily through with her, just wised up." p.104). His presence in the Kowalski apartment is actually almost an attempt to fulfill his desire of marriage ("You need somebody. And I need somebody, too. Could it be-you and me Blanche?" p.96) while it also distracts from his desire to protect his mother ("She says to go out, so I go, but I don't enjoy it. All the while I keep wondering how she is." p.46) I chose Matt Damon to play Mitch because I believe that he is capable of acting both the tough Mitch that Stanley is friends with and whom can become violent ("He tears the paper lantern off the lightbulb." p.117), and the gentle Mitch who cares about his mother ("I think you have a great capacity for devotion." p.95) and Blanche ("I told my mother how nice you were, and I liked you." p. 94). Also, while not as tall or heavy as Mitch ("I weigh two hundred and seven pounds and I'm six feet one and one-half inches tall in my bare feet-without shoes on. And that is what I weigh stripped." p.90), I feel that his appearance can fit that of Mitch ("You are not the delicate type. You have a massive bone structure and an imposing physique." p.89). Stella is situated in the bedroom because it is the centre of her relationship with Stanley ("I can hardly stand it when he is away for the night" p.25), as well as the reason that she is willing to stay with him ("You take it for granted that I am in something that I want to get out of ." p.69), even after his abuse of her. After all, she was willing to return to him after his hitting her because she loved his intensity ("I was-sort of-thrilled by it." p.64) In my opinion, Maggie Gyllenhaal would fit Stella, as both the good wife ("Oh, you can't describe someone you're in love with!" p.24) who understands her place in society ("That's much more practical!" p.75) and the woman who wants some sort of control over her life ("I want to go away, I want to go away!" p.58). She also has the young ("...a gentle young woman, about twenty-five..." p.14) and innocent ("...of a background obviously quite different frrom her husband's." p. 14)
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