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A Streetcar Named Desire
Transcript of A Streetcar Named Desire
Polite, he uses precise and proper language
Opposite views on how to treat a lady (compared to Stanley)
Even though he desires Blanche, he does not thrust himself upon her
Lonely (has loved and lost)
He longs for someone to make him feel whole again after his mother dies
Harold Mitchell (Mitch)
By: Tennessee Williams
Contrast of Men and Women
Role of Men
intent on revealing the truth (her reality) about Blanche to Stella
He has no sympathy for her superficiality and lies (scene 7, pg. 69)
Man of the house, expects to be served by his wife (scene 8, p.77)
'Ape-like' qualities (scene 4, p.47)
Loyal to other male compaions (scene 7, p.74)
" He acts like an animal, has an animal's habits! Eats like one, talks like one! Theres even something sub-human something not quite to the stage of humanity yet! Yes, something ape-like about him, like on of those pictures i've seen in-anthropological studies! - Blanche
Provides emotional stablilty for Blanche
His postition is 'neutral' compared to other characters (balances Mitch and Stanley)
His kindness allows Blanche to trust him
"Whoever you are - I have always depended on the kindness of strangers." - Blanche
"But there are things that happen between a woman and a man in the dark- that sort of make everything else seem- unimportant."
- Submits herself to Stanley
scene 4, p. 42
"I'm not in anything i want to get out of"
" I was sort of thrilled by it" (p.42
- Stanley's ruggedness attracts Stella
• ‘Man of the house’ mentality
• Breadwinners, support the family
• Holds control over duties
• Take interest in the Woman’s finances (i.e. Napoleonic Code) pg 18
• Cynical expectations of life. (Scene 2)
Exposes how unstable Blanche is (desires to be wanted)
Embodies Blanche's obsession with youth
Stepping stone into her breakdown - in part because he reminds her of her late husband
• Pushes Blanche to the edge, his goal is to prove that Blanche is a liar
• Desires to be in control, have the final say (end of scene eleven)
• Balances Stanley and Blanche
• He is the grey area between the two extremes, Blanche and Stanley
• Doesn't hold back on the truth, but is a self-deceiver
In the household
- Desires attention and to be wanted
- Stanley’s weakness, he wants to prove her wrong; he gets worked up whenever she is around
- Comparisons to lightness (references to flowers and wearing white)
- Centrepiece of the plot
- Eunice is Stanley and Stella's neighbor (Scene 1 intro) , who lives upstairs with her abusive husband Steve.
- Steve is very impulsive and controlling over
Eunice, expressing the male dominance
which has been a reccuring theme in this
"A general inclination of all mankind, a perpetual and restless desire of power after power, that ceaseth only in death."
- The nurse, also known as "Matron" is a contrast
to the doctor who is characterized as a "friendly
Represents the ethnically diverse community the Kowalski's live in
Similar to Stanley in size and temperament
Similar to Stanley; is physically fit, hot-tempered and an abusive husband
Indifferent to Blanche's mental health
- Brutish and goal oriented
- She grabs Blanche and gives commands in a powerful tone
The male doctor on the other hand is calm and tries to warm up to Blanche
- Unusual in the play because throughout, the males are seen as the brutish characters
Stanley, Mitch- Hannah
Poker players, other- Jake
Role of Men
Men compared to Women
Stanley has a desire for power...
Blanche desires attention...
... Mitch desires a companion
Desire in the play
Stella desires Stanley
- The mexican woman is a minor character found
in scene nine selling funeral flowers around the town.
- Symbolizes the insignificance of the women due to her repetitive job of wandering the streets selling funeral flowers
- Funerals revolve around death, and death signifies weakness
- The women in the play are portrayed as weak whilst the men are portrayed as strong and in charge
- Portrays Blanche's fear of death, also posing as the trigger for Blanche eventually losing her mind
The Reality of Men
The illusions of Women
Role of Women
Scene 9 P. 88 (stage directions)
***Aknowleding the truth about Blanche's rape would mean Stella (and Eunice) would have to aknowledge the brutality of their husbands.
"This game is seven-card stud."
Little individuality, reliant on the men
Maintain the house, serve them
Are disassociated from masculine activities
Attempt to maintain control through sexuality
Only Stella succeeds due to bearing a child
Are ultimately marginalized as people
"Poker should not be played
in a house with women!"
(Scene 3, page 36)
Contrasting Men and Women
The men work at laborious jobs; the women remain in the home
The men are sexually domineering; the women are submissive to their desires
Men are working class; main women are held to a higher standard
The men are fully empowered; the women are dependent, and marginalized