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Form and Structure of ‘ A Streetcar 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 upstairs and Pablo) are introduced The conflict relates to when Blanche arrives unexpectedly, there is obvious tension between Stanley and Blanche, as he is very wary of any ulterior motives she might have. This leads to tensions between Stanley and Stella, and then Mitch and Stanley latterly.


They quarrel and verbally 'bash' each other. Dénouement - this is hard to depict, but maybe because the resolution is when Blanche gets what she's been asking for right from the beginning when Stanley rapes her. When watching the video, it was clear to me that the play had been written for television, as it clearly displayed how different a film is to a play. This was primarily because the actors weren't performing to an audience; this made it seem that you were entering their house, and their lives, making it a lot more personal. The film was very fluent, the scene lengths were cinematic, and there was no interval or pauses where it could be clear that one act was finishing, and another beginning. Although the play was written in chronological order, it is effective when Blanche has flash backs from the past. This informs the viewer of the contrast of her life before and after the huge transition period, when she gained a bad name for herself. This works most effectively on film, as you can almost see 'into her mind'. When watching a film, you can sometimes see if from different character's points of views, although this play is from Blanche's perspective, as a viewer I felt compassionate towards the other characters, this is probably because all their problems seem to relate back to Blanche.


The blues represents the mood of decay, melancholy, and mourning. The jazz shows seediness and joy. The streetcar is probably the most prominent symbol, it shows the journey from A to B, with no turnings to have to make a decision on. The tracks won't let you turn back and rectify your past, that will always be apart of you, this links to Blanche and her bad reputation. The frequent poker games that Stanley and his friends partake in show how life is based on chance. The winner takes all. The game is short and brutal and the 'name of the game' is bluffing, and giving out a false persona. This relates to Blanche and how she wants people to get to know her for her and not for what they've heard. Especially Mitch. The play concludes on a mixed note though. Although Blanche being sent to an asylum generally doesn't show positive signs, I fell that this means that she will learn to be at peace with herself. Blanche finally meets someone with whom she can be understood, and click with. They are obviously both well educated and that is the primary similarity. But it still leaves the audience on a cliff-hanger as to whether she learns to be honest with herself and others around her, or continues to pursue this idea of being someone she's not. After all, you are what you are.

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