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A Streetcar Named Desire
Transcript of A Streetcar Named Desire
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.