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street car named desire analysis blanche/stella/stanley

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Analyse the relationship between Stanley and Stella/Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, scene two. During scene two, Williams allows Stanley to separately build on the rapport created with both Blanche and Stella in scene one. As Blanche and Stella are preparing to go out for the night, Stanley arrives home and is greeted affectionately by his wife. Blanche's floral dress being laid out on the bed not only hints at her femininity but also pre-empts the break-down and death of her and Stanley's relationship as the floral dress on the bed is symbolic of flowers on a deathbed. In the opening of scene two, the audience learns more about Stanley and Stella's relationship. Stella and Stanley have a somewhat "traditional" relationship as they clearly expect certain things from one another. Stanley expects wifely duties such as affection and a prepared meal on his arrival this is evident as he accepts Stella's kiss with "lordly composure" similarly, Stella expects money from Stanley in order to fund her and Blanche's forthcoming evening at the pricy Galatoires restaurant. ...read more.

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As Stanley grows more inquisitive about the loss of Belle Reve he tries to overwhelm Stella with his new found knowledge. He refers to the Napoleonic Code and how it entitled each spouses to their others' but this is somewhat melodramatic and points toward his stupidity as the Napoleonic law wouldn't cover Belle Reve as Belle Reve is located in Mississippi , not New Orleans. Stanley also grows cocky by using the terms: "inquire" and "acquainted" which are words clearly not in vocabulary. Making the assumption that Blanche is a crook, Stanley tells Stella that both he and she have been "swindled". Stanley antagonistic nature prevails as he empties Blanche's trunk. This exposure of Blanche's clothes is a minor yet clear invasion of privacy but this invasion of privacy intensifies toward the end of the play when Stanley finally rapes Blanche. As Stanley explores Blanche's clothes he makes further comments to enhance his stupidity and confirm his assumption that Stella has been "swindled" by believing that Blanche's inexpensive furs are genuine fox-fur pieces and her rhinestone tiara is a diamond tiara. ...read more.

Conclusion

As Blanche emerges from the bathroom she is dressed in a red satin robe which not only reflects her flirtatious mood but is symbolic of the Scarlet woman in the bible. In Revelations:17, a woman dressed in red is regarded as immoral and promiscuous. Blanche's bathing develops into a motif throughout the course of the play as she bathes in attempt to cleanse herself of the sins she's committed in her past. Her bathing also heightens tension between her and Stanley as the apartment is so small and claustrophobic. Dramatic irony ensues Blanche and Stanley's conversation as the audience are fully aware of Stanley's mood at this stage and Blanche unaware, playfully continues to flirt with him. Nonetheless, Stanley fails to be drawn into Blanche's attempt to seduce him by asking for help with her back buttons and indulging in flirty conversation. The audience soon learns what Stanley thinks of women and what type of women Stanley prefers. His reference to women as "dolls" imply he sees women as playful accessories and his dislike for the "Hollywood glamour type" suggests he prefers simple women most likely in order to dominate and control the relationships. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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