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A street car named desire - It has been said that Williams deliberately sets up a pattern of tensions and conflicts in the play, which culminate in the ending. Do you agree?

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A street car named desire It has been said that Williams deliberately sets up a pattern of tensions and conflicts in the play, which culminate in the ending. Do you agree? In your answer you should include a detailed examination of scene eleven. I think that there is a pattern of conflict and tension within the story because there seems to be a lot or argument distributed fairly evenly throughout the story. It starts of fairly mellow, with two sisters re-uniting after such a long parting. This so far makes the story look very tame and there is not a lot of fighting or violence involved, which is when the story takes a completely different turn and there are sparks of conflict. This is all very well, until Stella tries to talk about Blanche and he love life, or lack of it. This, as far as Blanche is concerned, hits a soft spot and the first conflict of the story begins. This is very quickly corrected, and they get back to normal swiftly as if nothing had ever happened. ...read more.

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Then there is some abuse thrown around, verbally or physically, which then gets to a point that is either too much and the line is crossed, or there is a settlement and one of the parties submit. Most of the conflicts within this pattern are fairly minor, mostly just containing verbal conflict, arguments, and one or two acts of violence, like when Stanley hits Stella in an act of rage, but that was after a few drinks. Most of the violence involving Stanley is after he has had a few drinks, or many, and he doesn't have the control over his actions and much as he would if he was completely sober, which is the direct affect of the alcohol he has consumed. When he comes home, quite drunk and Stella is out, he sees Blanche and they start to have a conversation, which swiftly gets turned into an argument, that he knows about her and what she's been up to and that he has been able to see through her from the start. ...read more.

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This ends up with Blanche giving in to the dominant other half of the confrontation, and ends up on the floor in submission. As Blanche gets back up when she has calmed down, and is as if nothing has happened, it seems the tensions have gone and she seems as if she is in a bubble where her hate can not affect her, and her love is very relaxed. The ending to the play, where Stella leaves the house with the baby cradled in her arms, which is to symbolise that she is leaving forever, and not coming back to Stanley because of what he has done. She sees him as a betraying, nasty man, who uses force to get what he wants, and doesn't want him to be around her any more and not around her growing child. This way, she avoids any more physical conflict and she protects her child from possibly being hit, which could be likely because Stanley is a very conflicting man, who will do what he can, even if its unjustified, to gets things his way, and get what he wants. ...read more.

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