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Form and Structure of ‘ A Streetcar Named Desire’.

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AS and A Level A Street Car Named Desire

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Form and Structure of ' A Streetcar Named Desire'

According to a 18th century French dramatists definition of 'A well made play', a tragedy should sequentially follow these points -

1.) Exposition (introduction of characters and situations)

2.) Conflict (a huge problem is bought to the surface)

3.) Complications (the problem develops)

4.) Climax (the most dramatic, and tension filled part of the play)

5.) Dénouement (the resolution)

From studying 'A Streetcar Named Desire' it is possible to recognise that this play follows the plot formation points from the definition above.

The exposition, occurs right at the beginning, when the main characters Stanley, Stella, Mitch are introduced, before they leave for the 'Four Deuces' (the local bowling alley). Following that, Blanche lands herself in front of Stella and Stanley's apartment engaging in polite conversation with Eunice (the lady who lives with her husband Steve directly above Stella and Stanley) and the Negro woman as to where she can find her sister Stella. It is not then until the Poker night in scene three when Stanley's friends Steve - Eunice's husband from

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