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Scene Analysis of Scene Seven of "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams As a connection to Stanley's questioning Blanche about her affair in the "Hotel Flamingo" in Scene Five, Scene Seven starts with his revelation of Blanche's past life in Laurel. Having "thoroughly checked on [the] stories" (187) about what Blanche has done there, Stanley is confident to nail the "pack of lies" (186) that are used so skilfully to deceive Stella and Mitch - she has never been kissed by a fellow and she quits her job because of her poor nerves. The competition between the two extreme, dominating powers of Blanche and Stanley is one of the main concerns in the development of the play. ...read more.

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when she hands the towel to Blanche. In the scene, Williams makes use of the bathing to show us Blanche's dependence on illusion. Through her feeling after the bath - "good and rested" (192), we know that she enjoys staying in her self-illusion and the hot tub (steam) shields her from the cruel and factual reality - the loss of Belle Reve, her beauty, former husband, family members and her failure in her relationship with males. The lyric of the song "It's Only a Paper Moon" is another example of Blanche's dependence on her illusion. In her illusion, the outside world is "just as phony as it can be" (188). ...read more.

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Williams' use of dramatic irony here presents us with the strong contrast between Blanche's beautiful, phony illusion and the harsh, realistic outside world. The scene plays an important role in the play as Stanley 'regains' his dominating power in the apartment through his cruel destruction of Blanche's illusion. Williams demonstrates us with Stanley's harsh and inconsiderate self - the purchase of a bus-ticket to Laurel definitely shows us his intention to kick Blanche out of the house, which eventually drives her to insanity. His shouting for the use of the bathroom definitely awakens Blanche from her illusion, and brings her back to the cruelty of the reality of the outside world that she is going to face in the latter scenes. ...read more.

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