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"Some critics suggest that Williams takes no sides in the conflict between Blanche & Stanley." Do you agree?

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Melissa Graham English Literature "Some critics suggest that Williams takes no sides in the conflict between Blanche & Stanley." Do you agree? I feel that this statement is partially untrue; at certain points through the play William's chooses a side to tell the story from rather than a favourite character. Blanche's initial character was to represent that of William's and Stanley's, the bad aspects of life that abuse the weak. Although saying this about Stanley he does show some true good qualities and genuine emotions within the play and at the same time Blanche shows the whit and knowledge to rise above Stanley. Throughout 'A Streetcar Named Desire' Williams can switch from one character to another in who he is favouring, and who has the power in the scene can change almost instantly with either force from Stanley or a quick witted line from Blanche. He portrays faults in both Stanley and Blanche and we see from the very beginning of the play that they have many differences, starting from their backgrounds and upbringing. The only thing that ties them together and the one reason they are introduced is Stella, Stanley's wife and Blanche's sister. The awkward first meeting shows the power struggle immediately from the first scene, although both characters are civil towards each other, even though it may be difficult for Stanley. ...read more.

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game with his child-like friends "I understand there's to be a little card part to which we ladies are cordially not invited." Beginning the conversation with this gives Blanche the upper hand from the start. During their lengthy discussion a battle takes place for control which switches places many times. "When you walked in here last night, I said to myself "My sisters married a man" of course that was all I could tell about you" This shows Blanche to be flattering and rather flirtatious giving her the upper hand. An example of Stanley getting control is when he shouts "[booming] now let's cut the re-bop!" This is a clear indication that Stanley uses a more violent way of getting his own way, whereas Blanche prefers to out wit or flatter her victims. He hasn't been fooled by Blanche's flattery and he seems fed up with it, with this comes his control of the conversation and with slight suggestion that Williams favours him at this point. Yet at the end of their part in scene two it is Blanche who comes out on top and in control with the power. "Here all of them are, all papers" I herby endow you with them!" here Stanley can't respond with anything as it seems like he has got what he wishes but it is Blanche with the last words. ...read more.

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What's more is that because Blanche's growing insanity peaks at the end of the play, Stella seems to have no choice but to believe Stanley is telling the truth when saying Blanche lied about the rape as Blanche's state of mind does her no favours when it comes to who is telling the truth. On the other hand one person doesn't believe him, and that is Mitch. "[Fiercely] you, you done this, all o' your God damn interfering with things" Having angered one of his best friends Stanley hasn't won everything in the end. The interesting thing about 'A streetcar named desire' is that the play and the feature film have different endings, with the film showing Stella leaves Stanley at the end, permanently. Judging on this ending I believe that Williams takes no sides in the conflict between Blanche and Stanley as Blanche may go to a mental institution, but Stanley looses everything dear to him. Although it isn't what Williams wrote, it is a more audience friendly ending with the bad character getting found out. This was designed specifically for cinema so good has to conquer evil, even if it is only a minor win of the battle. Although Stanley seems to get the last laugh in the play, throughout it I believe Williams shows them both equally in personalities, lines and their endings. ...read more.

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