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How does William convey Blanches anxiety in Scene 1?

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How does William convey Blanche?s anxiety in Scene 1? When Blanche arrives in New Orleans, she is already in ?shocked disbelief? by looking ?at a slip of paper, then at a building, then again at the slip and again at the building?. The use of the adjective ?shocked? suggests how surprised Blanche is to see her sister live her, in contrast to where both of them lived before. Blanche has to come New Orleans as her family fortune and estate are gone; she lost her young husband to suicide years earlier, and from early on the play, we notice she has bad drinking problem by drinking in Stella?s house when she first arrives, which she covers up poorly by saying to herself ?I?ve got to keep hold of myself.? Blanche ?washes out? her glass to hide her evidence. ...read more.


The use of the dynamic verbs ?tosses?, ?springs? and ?rushes? emphasises the way she is feeling and shows her nervous she is. Springing up when a she hears a cat scream implies how worried and uncomfortable Blanche is. The reader knows Blanche has a drinking problem which is conveyed through the use of the dynamic verbs: ?springs up and crosses to it? pours a half tumbler of whisky and tosses it down?, the dynamics verbs ?springs? and ?tosses? implies how desperate she is to drink. She escapes into drinking rather than facing life as it is. Her manner is dainty and frail, and she sports a wardrobe of showy but cheap evening clothes. Blanche is very worried and conscious about the way she looks and needs reassurance from the other characters. During the first scene, the reader knows that Blanche doesn?t look nice with over lighting and asks Stella to ?turn that off! ...read more.


In that speech, there are many more language devices used to convey her anxiety as she says everything on her mind to Stella. The repetition of ?I? and ?saw? denotes how upset and dislocated she?s been in the past few years without the help of Stella. Moreover, William uses 1st person pronoun to emphasise what Blanche as gone through then 2nd person to make it clear who Blanche is referring to. Throughout the scene, semantic field of money, death and distress is used with words like ?fortune?, ?expensive?, ?coffin?, ?rattles?, ?suffering? and ?dreadful? all convey Blanche?s insecurity. Blanche is described by Williams as delicate, sensitive, cultured, and beautiful and has given the impression that one side of Blanche is self-conscious and fragile, but she can also be quite rude and critical. He has achieved this by using the way Blanche moves and speaks ?she laughs nervously? and ?but you-you've put on weight, yes, you're as plump as a little partridge?. ...read more.

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