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A Streetcar Named Desire - scenes 2 and 3 reviewed.

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Introduction

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE. Scene 2 * Blanche is not in this scene but we are constantly reminded of her through her singing.- this scene has a lot to do with the loss of Belle Reve. * 'Blanche is bathing' i.e. she is washing off her dirtiness/ her sins from the past. * 'Stella jumps up and kisses him which he accepts with lordly composure. Stanley is the great lord. He is king of the territory. * Stella; 'I'm taking Blanche is Galatoires'- This is French and refined. * Stanley; 'How about my supper, huh? I'm not going to no Galatoire's for supper!' This line shows that Stanley is not used to Stella going out. * Stella; 'I put you a cold plate on ice' - salad's and meat, i.e. basic foods. * Stella; 'you better give me some money'- Stella is dependant on him. This is another thing stacking up against Blanche. She needs him in materialistic stage , he needs her in emotional. There is a difference. * Stella; 'Oh it had to be-sacrificed or something.' This shows that Blanche does not interest her. * Stella; 'be sure to say something nice about her appearance. And, oh! Don't mention the baby.' From this we can see that Stella is aware of Blanche's fragility. However Stanley ignores the advice about the baby and uses it as a weapon. Stella wanted to tell her sister about the baby in her own time for she is barren old alone and single. * Here the role changes and Blanche is in control. * Stella; 'And try to understand her and be nice to her, Stan' Here the roles have obviously changed for Stella is giving orders to Stan for a change. * Blanche [singing in the bathroom] 'From the land of the sky blue water, 'They brought a captive maid!' Here Blanche resonates that she will be a captive maid and that without realising already is. ...read more.

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It is going to look seedily. * [For a moment there is an absorbed silence as a hand is dealt.] They are taking it seriously because there is money on the table. * Mitch is weak- He is no match for Stanley. Later he tries to take on Stanley's mood but he doesn't see it through for he is not dominant. He therefore doesn't rape Blanche, but Stanley does. * Stanley; 'When I am losing I want to eat! Ante up! Openers? Openers! Get off the table, Mitch. Nothing belongs on a poker table but cards, chips and whisky.' The exclamation marks show his anger and his barking. It is a symbol of power shift. Stanley's territory plays by his rules. * [Stanley lurches up and tosses some watermelon rinds to the floor.]- This is very animal. Stanley is drunk. This is a threatening position. He is dominating. Stanley was loosing at the beginning of the game, but he is winning at the end. This is the same as the pattern of the plot of the book. * Stanley is very monosyllabic. He is not capable of long sentences. However, Mitch has longer sentences. This shows that he is more educated and articulated. * Mitch's character shows sensitivity. It is obvious that he cares for his mother. He would therefore be a good match for Blanche for he knows how to care for the sick. Mitch says, 'I got a sick mother', this phrase quickly introduces Mitch's past. Mitch expresses his feelings when saying, 'She says to go out so I go, but I don't enjoy it. All the while I keep wondering how she is.' * He also shows his sentimental side when he remarks, 'you are all married. But I'll be alone when she goes.' * The guys enjoy teasing Mitch and Stanley calls him a 'sugar-tit' saying that he is a baby. ...read more.

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Blanche has no chance winning over Stella for Stanley si unscrupulous and he would go to any lengths to win. She also tries to mother her, she is protective when she says, 'Dear, dear little sister, don't be afraid!' She [guides her to the outside doors and upstairs.] * The boys [rush to the poker table and sweep up their winnings.]- Stanley has lost, he hasn't got a chance to regain his money. * In this scene we get to see that Stanley and Stella need eachother. For when Stella leaves Stanley he [breaks into sobs]. He will not let go of her. The [dissonant brass and piano sounds] emphasise Stanley's agony and his total need for her. Stanley and Stella have a physical and total emotional envolvement with eachother and in this case two's a company and three's a crowd. * We learn that this is not the first time that Stanley has beaten Stella for Eunice says , 'same as the last time.' * We see Stella's love from stanley for [her eyes are glistering with tears]. * [They come together with low animal moans]- they have a very physical relationship. Stanley then [presses his face to her belly] There lies his seed, the baby and [her eyes go blind with tenderness]. They are not seeing , it is all about feelings and emotions. * Stanley [lifts her off her feet and bears her into the dark]- Stanley is very much the powerful man here. It is as if they are re-establishing the vows. He is carrying her back to his territory. * Here the power shift back to Stanley. * Blanche tells Mitch at the end of this scene, 'Thank you for being so kind! I need kindness now.'- Here she shows insecurity and at the end of the play Blanche says that she had always depended on the kindness of strangers'. At the end of the scene there is hope for Blanche. We , the audience feel that she will be together with Mitch. ...read more.

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