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Discuss the triangular relationship and dynamic between Stella, Blanche and Stanley as indicated to the audience by scene two of "A Streetcar named Desire".

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Introduction

Discuss the triangular relationship and dynamic between Stella, Blanche and Stanley as indicated to the audience by scene two Throughout this scene the author of A streetcar named Desire, William Tennessee reveals to the audience the true relationship each character is going to have with each other effectively by allowing Stanley to build up on the relationships created on the last scene, separately with Stella and Blanche. The playwright shows clearly the type of relationship between the three characters to the audience by certain dialogues and interactions between characters during the scene in which it is revealed to Stanley that the Dubois family just lost Belle Reve. From the first moments in the scene the playwright reveals to the audience the type of relationship or marriage Stanley and Stella have. Stanley asks Stella where is "...supper, huh?" as any husband would do and Stella tells Stanley to give her "...some money." as any housewife would do. They expect certain things from each other, like any other marriage. However, Stanley clearly sets his wife on a lower level throughout their conversation by answering with a carelessly "So?" ...read more.

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Their relationship is clearly not based on loving each other but the exact opposite. This might also be seen as a premonition to what Stanley might do to Blanche later on in the play. The sexual tense relationship Blanche and Stanley have in the first and second scene is heightened even more by Blanche's baths, which symbolically act as a way of cleansing all her sins in the past, since the apartment is so small and she is covered only by "...a red satin robe". This enables Blanche to flirt with Stanley who up to now has not shown any signs of being violent. Even though, Blanche tries to be flirtatious with Stanley, he rejects her attempts and finally tells her he does not like the "...Hollywood glamor..." women like her, Stanley cleverly lets her know indirectly. Before entering to the Belle Reve subject however, Stanley mocks Blanche's attempts to seduce him by her asking him to do a favour and he responding "What could that be, I wonder?" ...read more.

Conclusion

Therefore the relationship between Blanche and Stella is not genuine since Blanche most of the time tries to manipulate or use her sister. The triangular relationship created in this scene is thus separated into three levels: Stanley, then Blanche and finally Stella. Stanley has got control over both women as shown to the audience and Blanche, in her attempt to impress Stanley and as the older sister portrays Stella as na�ve,"(Stella) doesn't understand you as well as I do (Stanley)". The fact that Stanley is repulsed by Blanche's seductive actions might suggest Stanley likes simple women like Stella, who he can easily control and be dominant with. Unlike Blanche who is the "...glamorous type..." Yet another reason as to why he married Stella. At the end of scene two the audience has a clearer view of each of the characters relationship with each other but also their interests, revealing perhaps some future events and most importantly Stanley's real intention with Stella, but also with Blanche. The triangular relationship formed by the end of scene two is very tense mainly because of Stanley knowing that Belle Reve was lost on mortgages. Words: 939 ...read more.

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