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Tennessee Williams: A Streetcar Named Desire

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TENNESSEE WILLIAMS: A Streetcar Named Desire Look again at SCENE ONE of the play from the stage direction: STELLA comes quickly around the corner of the building' to 'STELLA goes into the bathroom.' Beginning with a close examination of the dialogue between Stella and Blanche here, say whether you agree with the view that Williams presents this relationship as dramatically the most tense in the whole play. I do not agree that Williams presents this relationship as the most tense in the whole play. I feel that although the relationship is tense there are others, which are more so. The relationship in this scene however, is very tense. ...read more.

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The conversation itself is strained and there is the occasional hysterical outburst from Blanche, "I know, I know. But you are the one that abandoned Belle Reve, not I! I stayed and fought for it, bled for it, almost died for it!" and the conversation ends with Stella in tears. This brings me to believe that there are considerable amounts of tension between the two women. In my opinion I doubt that there was ever a strong sisterly bond between the two, and with the prospect of Blanche living with Stella for a while the atmosphere is automatically strained. Throughout the play Stella and Blanches relationship becomes mush more sensitive. ...read more.

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Mitch discovers this near the end of the play and attempts to rape Blanche so as to gain back his power, however Blanche starts to scream and he leaves. In my opinion the tensest relationship is between Blanche and Stanley. However this tension is different to the latter, it is sexual tension. This becomes apparent from when they first meet, when Stanley removes his shirt and Blanche is obviously affected by his actions, "I haven't washed of even powdered my face and - here you are!" She also begins to stutter, "I - uh -". This tension builds up to the very end of the play where it ends in a climax with Stanley raping Blanche. ?? ?? ?? ?? Victoria Lee ...read more.

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