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A Streetcar Named Desire
Transcript of A Streetcar Named Desire
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Author Information and Connections:
"Tennessee Williams." Bio. A&E Television
Networks, 2014. Web. 08 Dec. 2014.
The Varsouviana Polka
The music that played while Blanche danced with her husband shortly before he walked outside and killed himself
The music represents Blanche's state of mind
Anthony Fiset, Olivia Trevenen, and Abigail Vietmeier
9 December 2014
Setting and Historical Information:
Symbolism and Recurring Motifs:
"It's Only a Paper Moon"
The song Blanche sings in the bath while Stanley reveals her past to Stella
This song represents Blanche's approach to life.
Blanche believes that as long as she and the people around her believe in her stories and lies, no one will get hurt.
Symbolism and Recurring Motifs:
The Streetcar named
The old, rickety streetcar that runs through New Orleans.
The streetcar represents the characters and their actions that are driven by desire.
the ride in the car represents life
, as the characters are driven through life by desire to their death, and finally heaven.
End of World War II
Signs of Cold War
Changes/ advancements in culture & technology
Women/minority groups were more involved in the work force
had taken over jobs during the war
Men returned with little respect
Civil rights controversies/ debates became to arise
"A man like that is someone to go out with - once - twice - three times when the devil is in you. But live with? Have a child by?"
"I have told you I love him."
for you! I just -
for you" (71).
Blanche dislikes Stanley and tells Stella
Adds to the climax (foreshadowing)
"Well, this somebody named Shaw is under the impression he met you in Laurel, but I figure he must have got you mixed up with some other party because this other party is someone he met at a hotel called the Flamingo" (77).
Stanley has disbelief in Blanche
Negative and sarcastic tone
"You need somebody. And I need somebody, too. Could it be - you and me, Blanche?"
She stares at him vacantly for a moment. Then with a soft cry huddles in his embrace. She makes a sobbing effort to speak but the words won't come.He kisses her forehead and her eyes and finally her lips. The polka tune fades out. Her breath is drawn and released in long, grateful sobs
Relationship between Blanche and Mitch
New side of Blanche (caring and weak)
Blanche could be an antagonist until this point
"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 each other 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...
Most significant (Climax)
Stanley is the true antagonist / terrible person
Feeling bad for Blanche
"Blanche ! Blanche! Blanche!"
She sobs with inhuman abandon. There is something luxurious in her complete surrender to crying now that her sister is gone.
"Now, honey. Now, love. Now, now, love.
He kneels beside her and his fingers find the opening of her blouse
Now, now, love. Now, love..." (142).
Resolution of the story
Stella has to live beside a liar without knowing
Stella feels sorry for Blanche
Thomas Lanier Williams
Born: March 26, 1911
Died: February 25, 1983
Tragic personal life fueled by depression
Person vs. Person
Blanche vs. Stanley
Person vs. Self
Blanche vs. Self
By: Tennessee Williams
Genre: Drama / Play
Fate and life's outcomes cannot be overcome and undone through fantasy and lies.
Absolute dependance on others leads to disappointment.
Love & Family
Love is blind.
Wife of Stanley
Sister of Blanche
Trying to keep Stanley and Blanche in order
Sister of Stella
Distrusted by Stanley
In the climax (raped by Stanley)
Brings out truth of Stanley to readers
Causes climax (rapes Blanche)
Almost marries Blanche
He adds the build-up to Blanche's character
Neighbor of Stanley and Stella
Advises Stella in her decision about Blanche
Blanche visits Stella and Stanley as a surprise
Blanche lost the farm
Much tension with Stanley and Blanche
Stanley thinks Blanche is lying
Disturbing information comes out about Blanche
Stanley rapes Blanche
Stanley denies raping Blanche
Stella believes Stanley over Blanche
Blanche goes to mental hospital
Stella will never know the truth
Williams, Tennessee. A Streetcar Named
Desire. New York: New American Library, 1951.
North, Alex. "Four Deuces." RCA, n.d. Youtube