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In scene IV explain how Stanley is seen from opposite perspectives in this scene from Stella's and Blanche's view points.

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In scene IV explain how Stanley is seen from opposite perspectives in this scene from Stella's and Blanche's view points. Scene three shows one of Stanley's darker moments, when he beats his wife for standing up for her sister who caused a slight distraction at his poker party. As a result both Blanche and Stella take refuge at Eunice's flat above, before the night ends Stanley calls for his wife in shame at his actions and Stella returns to their flat much to Blanche's dismay. Scene four is the morning after this incident where Blanche tells Stella exactly what she thinks of Stanley. Blanche cares for Stella and feels protective of her in many ways; her interests are only to keep herself and her sister out of harms way and in her eyes she feels that both herself and Stella are a risk in their current situation, she seeks safety in men that can provide them a secure lifestyle: Stanley Kowalski is not one of them. She perceives Stanley to lack culture due to his "heterogeneous" background and Polish ancestry and from Stanley's violent outburst the previous night she feels her sister deserves better than him. ...read more.

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This quotation makes Stanley sound like a child that is seeking forgiveness from his mother. The use of repetition to emphasise Stella's point makes her sound like an overprotective mother. Though Stella isn't partial to Stanley's violence, it is evident that it heightens her desire for him. She describes her wedding night to Blanche in which he had one of his violent outbursts and says, "I was - sort of - thrilled by it. [She waits for a moment.] ..." This conversation highlights one of the factors that Stella feels is one of the contributors to their attraction. The pause after her statement implies that she is most probably having an afterthought of that night and reflects her magnetism towards Stanley. Stella in this scene shows her devotion to her husband throughout this scene. She herself says that she cannot quite explain how powerful their relationship is, "But there are things that happen between a man and a woman in the dark - that sort of make everything else seem - unimportant. [pause.]" she tries to explain. Yet again there is a dramatic pause after her statement heightens the awareness of attraction and sense of magnetism between the couple. ...read more.

Conclusion

And - you here - waiting for him!" As yet Blanche still refuses to see how Stella could fall in love with something, in her eyes to be an ape. Blanche is still convinced that Stella and she deserve better she informs Stella, "maybe we are a long way from being made in gods image but Stella - my sister - there has been some progress since then! Such things as art - as poetry and music - such kinds of new light have come into the world since then". This statement brings us back to the culture and background that Blanche so badly is trying not to lose that has led to her refusal to accept her current situation. The arts that she refers to were highly viewed by her culture. Her last desperate plea that emphasises her contempt for Stanley and his so called bestial nature before he enters is, "Don't hang back with the brute!" Throughout this scene she loses her sensitivity towards both Stanley and Stella, which is common among people who are themselves 'sensitive' and often self-absorbed and fail to appreciate sensitivity in others. She quite gladly expresses her opinion that Stella is "married to a madman!" Blanche's self-centred nature tries to relate Stella's situation to her own, in which she says, "...your fix is worse than mine is." This leads us back to Blanche's downfall. ...read more.

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