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Transcript of Streetcar

Stella Kowalski
Blanche DuBois
Stanley Kowalski
Harold "Mitch" Mitchell
A Streetcar Named Desire
Blanche is a grown woman of little worldliness who has lost everything she ever had. A social pariah due to her past sexual indiscretions and misfortunes, Blanche is forced to turn to Stella and leave her past behind.
Much more sensitive than any of Stanley's other friends, Mitch lives with his dying mother, and stands out as a gentleman among fiends.
A man of savage animal instinct, Stanley must always be in control of everything around him. Stanley uses brutal tact to manipulate those who would resist his influence.
Stella is a young, naive girl of mild temperament. She comes from a heritage of Southern aristocracy, having found herself thrown into the cultural melting pot of New Orleans.

“I can hardly stand it when he is away for a night… when he’s away for a week I nearly go wild!” pg. 19
“What have I done to my sister? Oh, God, what have I done to my sister?” pg. 176
Wants, desires, and ambitions

"I – just told her that – we’d made arrangements for her to rest in the country. She’s got it mixed in her mind with Shep Huntleigh." pg. 164-165
“I couldn’t believe her story and go on living with Stanley.” pg. 165
Relationships with other characters

“And admire her dress and tell her she’s looking wonderful. That’s important with Blanche. Her little weakness!” pg. 31
“You’ll get along fine together, if you’ll just try not to – well – compare him with men that we went out with at home.” pg. 17

"Stella comes out on the first floor landing, a gentle young woman, about twenty-five, and of a background obviously quite different from her husband's."

"Deliberate cruelty is not forgivable. It is the one unforgivable thing in my opinion and it is the one thing of which I have never, never been guilty." pg. 157
"I can't stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action." pg. 60
Wants, desires, and ambitions

"I don't want realism. I want magic! Yes, yes, magic! I try to give that to people. I misrepresent things to them. I don't tell truth, I tell what ought to be truth." pg. 145
"Then marry me, Mitch!" pg. 150
Relationships with other characters

"In my opinion? You're married to a madman!" pg. 73
"Stella, oh Stella, Stella! Stella for star!"
pg. 10

"Blanche sits in a chair very stiffly with her shoulders slightly hunched and her legs pressed close together and her hands tightly clutching her purse as if she were quite cold." pg. 10
"Her appearance is quite incongruous to this setting. She is daintily dressed in a white suit..." pg. 5

"Remember what Huey Long said--"Every Man is a King!" And I am the king around here, so don't forget it!" pg. 131
I am not a Polack [...] what I am is one hundred percent American, born and raised in the greatest country on earth and proud as hell of it too.
Wants, desires, and ambitions

"No, I don't wanta bowl at Riley's. I had a little trouble with Riley last week. I'm the team-captain, ain't I? All right, then, we're not gonna bowl at Riley's..." pg. 135
"Be comfortable is my motto." pg. 26
Relationships with other characters

"Don't ever talk that way to me! "Pig--Polack--disgusting--vulgar--greasy!"--them kind of words have been on your tongue and your sister's too much around here! What do you two think you are? A pair of queens?" pg. 131
[to Blanche] "QUIET IN THERE!--We've got a noisy woman on the place.--Go on, Mac..." pg. 135


"Two men come around the corner, Stanley Kowalski and Mitch. They are about twenty-eight or thirty years old, roughly dressed in blue denim work clothes. Stanley carries his bowling jacket and a red-stained package from a butcher's." pg. 4

"And it don't look neat on me. A man with a heavy build has got to be careful of what he puts on him so he don't look too clumsy." pg. 105
"I am ashamed of the way I perspire, my shirt is sticking to me." pg. 105
Wants, desires, and ambitions

"I like you to be exactly the way you are, because in all my--experience--I have never known anyone like you." pg. 103
[Blanche to Mitch] "Sorrow makes for sincerity, I think." pg. 58
Relationships with other characters

"Can I--uh--kiss you--goodnight? [...] I don't know whether you want me to or not." pg. 102
"I guess we strike you as being a pretty rough bunch." pg. 60


"And it don't look neat on me. A man with a heavy build has got to be careful of what he puts on him so he don't look too clumsy." pg. 105
"Two men come around the corner, Stanley Kowalski and Mitch. They are about twenty-eight or thirty years old, roughly dressed in blue denim work clothes." pg. 4
Stella displays an apparent lack of ambition or self worth throughout the play, characterized by her affinity towards Stanley and persistent loyalty to him. Coming to New Orleans fromLaurel was an act of naivety on her part, abandoning her family to find her own way. Instead she found Stanley Kowalski, Stanley offered a comfortable life for Stella in exchange for her devotion. Stella could not escape this life even if she tried, given the loss of Belle Reve and her pregnancy, which forces her hand near the end of the play when Stella and Stanley decide to ship Blanche off to a mental institution.
Unlike her sister Stella, Blanche has suffered greatly from her naivety, leading her into a depressed and unstable state. Blanche is troubled by seeing Stanley's abuse of Stella and his friends, and is dumbfounded that Stella is so blind to this. She presents the ultimate foil to Stanley's way of life, and is persistent in disrupting Stanley and Stella's relationship. Her chronic drinking initially suggests that she has a troubled past which she would prefer to keep in the dark. However, this illusion is shattered by Stanley inquiring into her past and letting everyone know about Blanche's indiscretions.
In the beginnig of the play, Stanley may be seen as the hero of the piece, as Blanche is characterized as a sort of antagonist. Stanley is the king of his own world, and refuses to sacrifice his control for anything. Blanche's presence in New Orleans aggravates him, and he sees Blanche as a challenge to his control over Stella. His hatred for Blanche stems from her being untrustworthy, attempting to fool him and his friends into liking her. Stanley lacks the refinement represented by Stella and Blanche, preferring brute force and straightforward manipulation to get his way.
Mitch has very little confidence in himself, and invests much of himself in his relationship with his dying mother. He would like nothing more than to settle down like his friends have. Though sensitive, he lacks romanticism and intelligence, which Blanche teases him about to her own amusement. Though they don't have much in common, Mitch and Blanche believe they should be together out of a mutual need of support and companionship. Mitch has known Stanley for years and there is a strong bond between them. This allows Stanley to manipulate Mitch and destroy Mitch's relationship with Blanche.

Tom Hanks as Mitch
Tom Hanks has the same heavy build as Mitch, as well as Mitch's kind, sensitive nature. He tends to play more blue collar characters, which makes him a suitable match.
Reese Witherspoon as Stella
Reese Witherspoon tends to play more young, naive characters.
Betsy Brandt as Blanche
Betsy Brandt can play older characters, but has a certain youthful air characteristic of Blanche. She tends to be uptight, nosy, and upper class.
Stephen Dillane as Stanley
Stephen Dillane tends to play tough, rather villainous characters. He can match Stanley's nature.
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