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A Streetcar Named Desire

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Shea Brandford

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Blanche DeBois " " After all, A womans charm is fifty percent illusion. -Blanche, Scene Two Blanche Debois - the sophisticated, lady-like, elegant yet decitful elder sister of Stella Debois She has grown accustomed to a difficult life: a marriage to an uncertain homosexual -who ended his life upon Blanche discovering him with another man-, an alchoholic in denial, being involved in sexual activity with strangers, and in the finale of the play, being rejected by her only family left and sent to a mental institution. Blanche believes in illusion - that every woman should be mysertious, and the classic romances of time's past and in fictional books should be reality. This mind-set unconciously allow Blanche to lose herself in her lies. Christina Aguilera - Blanche DeBois Christina Aguilera captures the illusion of an 'old-hollywood' Marilyn Monroe in a modern-day world. Her classic beauty is something much like Blanche would emmitt. The illusion of an old holleywood starlet Christina Aguilera on occasion portrays is a trait that Blanche also emits quite commonly in the play "A Streetcar Named Desire" I don't want realism. I want magic! Yes, yes, magic. I try to give that to people. I do misrepresent things. I don't tell truths. I tell what ought to be truth. " " Stella Kowalski Rachel McAdams emits the essence of a young, beautiful, naive yet passionate woman that is much associated with Stella. With her beautiful face and demure nature she can be seen as the perfect fit for Stella. Rachel McAdams - Stella Kowalski Vivien Leigh as Blanche DuBois in the 1951 film *** Harold 'Mitch' Mitchell Karl Malden as Mitch Mitchell in the 1951 film. Shia Labeouf - Mitch Mitchell Stanley Kowalski Desire Ryan Gosling - Stanley Kowalski I chose Ryan Gosling as Stanley Kowalski because he has the "all american" type of style. Though Stanley is polish by background, he prides himself as being an American. Ryan Gosling is also the perfect Stanley because he is a major hollywood heartthrob and looks very admirable without a shirt on. Through his acting career, I also believe he can play the role of Stanley very well. Marlon Brando as Stanley Kowalski in the motion picture "A Streecar Named Desire" (1951) Stanley Kowalski is a blue-collared working man who lives in the heart of New Orleans with his wife Stella Kowalski. With a raging and uncontrollable temper, Stanley consistanlty fights with his wife, usually leading to physical violence. His character is made up of three different emotions to the readers eye: lust, jealousy, and anger. Lust - for his undying addiction to Stella. Jealousy - of Stella's blood relationship with Blanche, the woman who he see's as decitful and meanacing. And anger - for the domestic violence he shares with Stella and the druken rage he releases on Blanche at the end of the play. Stanley i extremely hot headed, and though at the beginning of the play we see him as a little obnoxious and ignorant, by the end of the play he becomes the main antagonist. Themes Illusion Reality vs. Illusion and reality are two major themes in the play "A Streetcar Named Desire". Many references between finding a balance between a characters illusion and reality were made. The most outstandish, was of Blanche's inability to grasp reality. She believed that the world was to be glamourous and sophisticated, so instead of informing supporting characters about her real past, Blanche often 'bended the truth', making herself -in her mind- seem more attractive, admirable, younger, or more mysterious. This is was the main theme that led to Blanches downfall. Gender Equality Dependence and Through the play "A Streetcar Named Desire", there were many pressing sociotal questions that arose in regards to the role of women. Post war, many women were exposing themselves into the workplace, branching away from the restricted ways of the common 'house-wife' title. Blanche and Stella however still are lingering between the transition of this process. Being two southern belles, they are very dependent on men: believing that is their only way to achieve happiness. Stella has a very dependent, if not addictive, relationship with Stanley. Blanche rushes into a whirlwind of a relationship with Mitch, hoping to marry him and escape from the horrors of her past life. Because these woman are so dependent upon men, they have no expeience with learning from their mistakes. Stella believes Stanley will become a better man, and that his beating on her will be the last time. Blanche is dependant on Mitch, though when he leaves her, she is devistated and immediately thinks of Shep Huntleigh - and illusion of Blanche's perfect man. Mitch: I like you to be exactly the way that you are, because in all my experience, I have never known anyone like you.

Blanche: in all my
experience [laughs suddenly] [laughs suddenly] Listen, baby, when we first met - you and me - you thought I was common. Well, how right you was. I was common as dirt. You showed me a snapshot of the place with them columns, and I pulled you down off them columns, and you loved it, having them colored lights goin'. And wasn't we happy together? Wasn't it all okay till she showed here? And wasn't we happy together? Wasn't it all OK? Till she showed here. Hoity-toity, describin' me like a ape. -Stanley Kowalski Motifs; Light Bathing Alcohol motifs are recurring structures, contrasts, or literary devices that can help to develop and inform the piece’s major themes. No, I don't think I want to marry you anymore... No, you're not clean enough to bring into the house with my mother. Marry me, Mitch -Blanche -Mitch Kim Hunter as Stella Kowalski in the motion picture "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951) bathing is a very important motif in "A Streetcar Named Desire". Blanche is commonly seen bathing in the play. This is likely because she is trying to "wash away" her past or her guilt about the suicide of her homosexual husband. She also bathes to also wash away her "age", for she wishes to be young and fresh once more. Light vs dark is very important in the play "A Streetcar Named Desire". Because Blanche is so self conscience about her age, she usually hides in the dark to mask how old she really is. She hides from the light, for she believes that in the dark she can live out Alcohol is a major motif in the play "A Streetcar Named Desire". It reoccours many times in the play. Blanche, addicted to alcohol, and is constantly looking and talking about it in the play. Stanley is also a victim to alcoholism and is constantly drinking in the play. This is part of the reason he is so violent with Stella. Be comfortable; that's my motto. - Stanley -Blanche I can't stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action.
Stella: why on our wedding night – soon as we came in here – he snatched off one of my slippers and rushed about the place smashing the light-bulbs with it!
Blanche: and you – you let him? Didn’t run, didn’t scream?
Stella:I was – sort of – thrilled by it. (4.18-22) I am not a Polack. People from Poland are Poles, not Polacks. But what I am is a one hundred percent American, born and raised in the greatest country on earth and proud as hell of it, so don’t ever call me a Polack. -Stanley -Blanche Whoever you are—I have always depended on the kindness of strangers. -Blanche They told me to take a street-car named Desire, and transfer to one called Cemeteries, and ride six blocks and get off at—Elysian Fields!
And look at yourself! Take a look at yourself in that worn-out Mardi Gras outfit, rented for fifty cents at some rag-picker! And with the crazy crown on! What queen do you think you are? -Stanley And look at yourself! Take a look at yourself in that worn-out Mardi Gras outfit, rented for fifty cents at some rag-picker! And with the crazy crown on! What queen do you think you are? And look at yourself! Take a look at yourself in that worn-out Mardi Gras outfit, rented for fifty cents at some rag-picker! And with the crazy crown on! What queen do you think you are? Stalney doesn't give me a regular allowance, he likes to pay bills himself, but - this morning he gave me ten dollars to smooth things over. -Stanley I know how it heolps your morale just having a little pocket money on you! -Stella When she comes in here [blanche] be sure to say something about her appearance. -Stella Blanche: No, I — rarely touch it.
Stanley: Some people rarely touch it, but it touched them often. A Streetcar Named I picked Shia Labeouf as Mitch Mitchell because he has the classic "momma's boy" look about him. He is also plays the awkward/comedic character. Harold 'Mitch' Mitchell is very good friends with Stanley Kowalski and commonly is seen hanging around the Kowalski household. He is a shy man who still lives with his sick mother. He is lonely, and still looking for love. This is the main reason why he is so attracted to Blanche. He is a kind-hearted man, but when he discovers Blanche's lies we see his character dramatically change, almost into a "Stanley" attitude. He leaves Blanche at the end of the play though his heart
likely still wanted her to marry. You know, if I didn't know that you was my wife's sister, I would get ideas about you... Don't play so dumb. -Stanley She is as famous in Oriel as if she was the President of the United States, only she is not respected by any party. -Stanley Mr. Kowalski is too busy making a pig of himself... Your face and your fingers are disgustingly greasy. -Stella Now just remember what Huey Long said - that every man's a king - and I'm the King around here, and don't you forget it.
-Stanley -Stanley STELLAAAAAAA! -Stanley Oh I don't mind you being older than what I thought. But all the rest of it. That pitch about your ideals being so old-fashioned and all the malarkey that you've been dishin' out all summer -Mitch Oh, I knew you weren't sixteen anymore. But I was fool enough to believe you was straight.
-Mitch Straight? What's 'straight'? A line can be straight, or a street. But the heart of a human being?
-Blanche I guess we must strike you as being a pretty rough bunch.
-Mitch Poker should not be played in a house with women. -Mitch But there are things that happen, between a man and a woman, in the dark, that sorta make everything else seem unimportant
-Stella I never listen to you when you're being morbid -Stella Blanche: You're married to a madman!
Stella: I wish you'd stop taking it for granted that I'm in something I want to get out of.
You need somebody. And I need somebody, too. Could it be — you and me, Blanche? -Mitch Stanley: You're gonna kill who, you dumb jerk? You don't even know when you get wised up. Come on.
Mitch: You don't have to wise me up. Stella Kowalski is the younger sister of Blanche DeBois and the wife of Stanley Kowalski. Though she thinks differently, she is addicted to her husband regardless of the way he treats her or the things he does. Unknown to Blanche’s knowledge at the beginning of the play, Stella is pregnant with Stanley’s child. Blanche is very opposed to Stanley as a husband, but Stella’s attraction to him is larger than her sister’s intuition. This is what ultimately leads to Stella’s distrust in her sister and the crumble of Blanche’s sanity. Stella Kowalski I never met a dame yet that didn't know if she was good-looking or not without being told, and there's some of them that give themselves credit for more than they've got.
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