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A Streetcar Named Desire. The play contains a total of 13 characters, 3 of which are main characters (Stella, Blanche and Stanley), 3 of which are somewhat supporting roles (Mitch, Eunice and Steve) and the other 7 are mere minor roles e.g. the Negro wo

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* The play contains a total of 13 characters, 3 of which are main characters (Stella, Blanche and Stanley), 3 of which are somewhat supporting roles (Mitch, Eunice and Steve) and the other 7 are mere minor roles e.g. the Negro woman. * It contains 1 Act and within it has 11 scenes like Stanislavski's theory of episodes and units. This unusual structure of the play has evolved very much from Tennessee's previous works such as his involvement in film production (where there are no intervals/one act) and his earlier works of short plays such as 'The Poker Game' that came together to form A Streetcar Named Desire. * The play intends to be one in the naturalistic style. It uses the technique developed by Stanislavski of the 4th wall. This is a method whereby a wall of the set is 'removed' and replaced by an audience. This gives the play a voyeuristic quality as if we the audience are spying on the events and unaware characters. ...read more.


I think this maintains the plays and Blanches naturalistic quality and it is this feeling of realism that provoked the audience and myself into the unlikely feelings of sympathy and empathy for Blanche. This increases the tragedy of the play and Blanches decline that is of course the main purpose of the play. * The play is well thought out in a detailed chronological order and is written in the present tense. It is written in the present tense so that there is no need for a 'narrative' figure or character. This helps the play stick to its Naturalistic intent. * This play follows Aristotle's theory of the 'well made play'. This consists of the Exposition, Conflict, Complication, Climax and Denouement. * The Exposition is quite simply the introduction of the main characters, the location, the situation and the characters relationships. In this case a main character is introduced almost immediately (Blanche) and an impression is formed of the conditions of New Orleans. ...read more.


Although the play has an Exposition, Conflict, Complication, Climax and Resolution of its own each scene seems to be resolved at the end and contains at least one other component of a well-made play. An example of this is scene one. The audience is exposed to the main character (Blanche) that is in turn exposed to the abnormalities of New Orleans. This then progresses into somewhat of a conflict over the loss of Belle Reve but the scene is later resolved by Stanleys acceptance of Blanches arrival. Although this gives each scene a distinctly different 'storyline' the only thing that links the scenes together is the development of character that can be vague, and so the linkage and purpose of the story can be confused. Although this approach does allow for the same complications to be brought up throughout the play in different circumstances allowing different view points and opinions to be formed by the audience and other characters. Andrew Wilson T1-7 28/04/07 Form and Structure A Streetcar Named Desire (Rough Notes) ...read more.

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