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'A Streetcar Named Desire' - Scene Four - Paragraph Structuring

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'A Streetcar Named Desire' - Scene Four - Paragraph Structuring Scene Four is characterised by Blanche showing her disapproval of Stanley with harsh criticisms. In a key speech, Blanche speaks 'plainly' and reveals her horror and disgust of Stanley through emotive language and bestial imagery, admonishing Stella, "Don't - don't hang back with the brutes!" Blanche uses the extended image of an ape to define Stanley's primitive, bestial qualities: "There's even something - sub human - something not quite to the stage of humanity yet! ...read more.

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Somebody growls - some creature snatches at something - the fight is on!" By using repetition and parallelism, Williams creates a listing effect to emphasise Blanches rejection of his sub human behaviour: " He acts like an animal he's an animal's habits! Eats like one, moves like one, talks like one." Williams reinforces the audience's impression of Blanche's disgust of Stanley's bestiality through the actions she associates with him: "Bearing the raw meat home from the kill in the jungle" She goes on to describe his friends: "There in front of the cave all grunting like him and swilling and gnawing and hulking." ...read more.

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By contrasting 'art', 'poetry' and 'music' with the 'Stone Age', 'jungle' and 'raw meat', Williams also emphasises the essential differences between the two central characters: " Maybe we are a long way from being made in God's image but Stella - my sister - there has been some progress since then! Such things as art - as poetry and music - such kinds of new light have had some little beginning - that we have got to make grow - and cling to and hold as our flag!" ...read more.

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