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Use of language - 'A Streetcar named Desire'.

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Use of Language. In some areas of 'A Streetcar named Desire' the use of language and the comparison between different characters' use of language is important to the plot and the audience can then distinguish between the character's statuses and roles. The way in which the characters act can sometimes cover up what they are actually feeling but by analysing their words and the way in which the lines are meant to be projected we can clearly see just how they feel at any specific time. Stanley, the main male character, is a very strong, determined and powerful character. From certain lines and how he reacts to things, it is clear that he speaks before he thinks: "I don't care if she hears me. Let's see the papers." In this line it is clear that he 'means business'. He displays the power over other characters with orders such as this one that he uses against Stella whilst they snoop around Blanche's things as she bathes. He also shows himself to be higher in status than other characters by calling himself a 'king'. ...read more.

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She also takes sympathy from anybody she can, like in the end scene where the doctor coaxes her out of her cocoon to take her to the asylum. She responds to his outstretched hand with "I have always relied on the kindness of strangers". Blanche refers to the compassion that some strangers show however, not all strangers are friendly and they could actually harm her more than I think she realises. This line shows Blanche's true naivety and suggests that she has always had to have someone to look after her, someone to rely upon. Blanche seems very stuck in her own world and is definitely a fantasist, continually living in her own 'pretty' world in which nothing can hurt her. The words she uses and her mannerisms are possibly quite typical of an English teacher, she seems to be someone who reads and interprets a lot of poetry and fairy-stories. This is also backed up in her use of metaphors. When she refers something to another thing she makes it very poetic and magical: "...Colours of butterfly wings, and make a little temporary magic." ...read more.

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Possibly he does think a lot of her at first but the truth changes his opinion of her completely. Mitch is probably the most sensitive of the male characters in 'A Streetcar named Desire'. He uses gentle words around Blanche usually and his sensitivity shines through in his words, however it seems he is far from the knight in shining armour she hopes for. The gentlemen in her past were more elaborate, richer and possibly a lot more gallant, however as she believes herself to be a 'wilting flower' she may also believe Mitch is the best she can do. Through the language of the characters it becomes easier to distinguish the differences and similarities of them. The language and accents are used to help to set the scene in New Orleans with Pablo, Stanley and Blanche being all in the same place but very different. The diversity can be seen in the characters through their use of language and the way in which they present their lines. Contributing to the visual aspects, lines give a sense of the time, place and person and how they react to one another. 'A Streetcar named Desire' Jennie Lea ...read more.

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