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A Streetcar Named Desire. Explore the methods used by Williams in the first two scenes of the play to introduce his audience to the main themes of the play.

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A Streetcar Named Desire Explore the methods used by Williams in the first two scenes of the play to introduce his audience to the main themes of the play. Within the fist two scenes of 'A Streetcar named Desire' Tennessee Williams goes into extreme detail on setting, music within background and dialogues by the main characters. The reason for this is because he wishes to introduce the main themes in the play in the beginning. Within the first scene Williams goes into detail with the stage directions to describe exactly how the opening scene should be, the reason for this is because Williams wanted the play to be set exactly the same away in which he imagined it to be. Williams uses the effect of the 'blue piano', which then sets the emotions, and feelings of life of the characters within the first scene. Another method that Williams uses to highlight themes is the lighting. Within the first Stage direction he describes the sky to be bright to show the dim white building in a peculiar tender blue, which gracefully highlights the atmosphere of decay within the street. ...read more.

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Another lie made by Blanche is about the liquor, 'No, one's my limit' we know that Blanche has already had a glass of Whisky and then pretends that she 'Rarely touches the stuff" then she has a glass with her sister in celebration and then demands another small amount to 'put the stopper on' when she find out about Stella's new life and what she left Belle Reve for. Within the second scene a key event occurs, this is when Stanley investigates the truth about Belle Reve. This event first starts out by Stanley comparing Blanche's lifestyle with Stella's "Pearls! Ropes of them! ...Where are your Pearls and Gold bracelets?" Stanley tries to prove to Stella that Blanches teachers pay could never fund such expensive jewels. Stanley tries to imply that Belle Reve was not lost but sold. But Stanley isn't doing this for his wife; he wants to find the part of the fortune that belongs to him, William gives evidence of this when Stanley mentions the 'Napoleonic Code... ...read more.

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A theme that becomes very noticeable within the first two scene's is Gender. When Stanley re-enters in the first scene the audience can immediately understand that Stanley and Blanche are complete opposites except for one link, which is Stella. Williams use of stage directions allows us to understand that Stanley is a very animalistic character whose main pleasure is women. Stanley's qualities are variously described as brutality, lust for life and virility. Stanley's qualities affect Blanche because he is different to what Blanche is accustom to back home. Towards the end of scene one when Stanley returns from bowling there is evidence that Blanche's behavior changes and become more sensitive, her nature becomes different to the way she acts around her sister. Williams shows evidence of this firstly when Stanley questions her visit she become panicked and begins to mutter 'I - uh-' Blanche is out of her comfort zone and has lost all confidence in herself. Secondly in the stage directions when a cat screeches near the window. Blanche overreacts and springs up with a scream were she becomes so panicked when around Stanley. ...read more.

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