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A Streetcar Named Desire-Scene three-Poker-Tension-Uproar

A presentation exploring the ideas of scene three of the book a streetcar named desire

Charles McQuaid

on 5 July 2010

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Transcript of A Streetcar Named Desire-Scene three-Poker-Tension-Uproar

Scene Three. The poker scene. Masculinity The evidence of masculinity in scene three is shown through dialogue, stage direction and description of the surroundings. The introduction to the dramatic purpose of the poker party demonstrates Stanley's domination over his friends through the way in which he makes all the decisions about the game.This dominance reinforces and demonstrates Stanley's masculine behaviour. He also shows domination over his wife by hitting her during an argument. Some quotes to support:
Stanleys' action: "Stanley gives a loud whack of his hand on her thigh."
Surroundings: "The raw colors of childhood's spectrum"
Stanleys thoughts:"Aw, for God's sake, go home, then!" Tennessee Williams creates an atmosphere of tension and drama through the separation of male and female in the house (the curtain which separates the two rooms in the apartment being the physical symbol of this division) and by portraying a clear dominance by the men (Stanley's dominance). Already the audience begins to sense a tense atmosphere amongst Stanley's peers.He continues to show the same attitude towards the women building up the tension further. The fact that Stanley treats the women in the same violent manner may also cause a surprised reaction from the modern audience. Stanley also encourages this growing tension by slapping Stella's thing which she seems to find disrespectful. She says, "That's not fun, Stanley."
Loneliness Stella and Blanche walk onstage through the kitchen. Not for the first time, Blanche is nervous and worried about her appearance, despite Stellas' continuous support and compliments. Sexuality Mitch leaves the stage saying, "Poker shouldn't be played in a house with women." Masculinity Tension Poker Tension Competition Masculine Sexual Violence
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