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A Streetcar Named Desire - With which of the characters do you have the most sympathy with? Illustrate with specific reference to the text.

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26th March, 2001 A Streetcar Named Desire With which of the characters do you have the most sympathy with? Illustrate with specific reference to the text. It could be argued that Stella is the victim in this story as she suffers the most. Because she is stranded between Stanley, her husband and Blanche, her sister, she has to choose between the two and decide whom she trusts. She says, 'I couldn't believe her story and go on living with Stanley.' Stella is hurt emotionally and physically by Stanley, as in Scene Three when Stanley hits Stella, but she comes back to him shortly after and forgives him. This is because it's not just herself she has to think about, but also her newborn baby. Her baby is her foremost priority. Stella loves Stanley and she tries to make him happy. But she feels threatened by Blanche, because she thinks she will take Stanley away from her. In Scene One Blanche asks Eunice, 'I'm looking for my sister, Stella DuBois. I mean-Mrs. Stanley Kowalski.' This shows that Blanche doesn't accept that Stella is now married. ...read more.

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Where were you? In bed with your-Polack!' The exclamation mark shows Blanche is very upset and angry, she also wants Stella to feel guilty. She also states, 'But you are the one that abandoned Belle Reve, not I! I stayed and fought for it, bled for it, almost died for it!' Blanche doesn't have anything and is jealous that Stella has started a new life with a new family. Blanche is older than Stella and has dominance over her. Blanche shows dominance over Stella as she has more to say and Stella is quite nervous especially in Scene One, when they meet. In the stage directions is says, 'She laughs but her glance at BLANCHE is a little anxious.' Blanche often interrupts Stella when she's trying to say something, for example, Stella: Now Blanche- Blanche: Oh, I'm sure not......... Another example is, Stella: No. With only two rooms it's- Blanche: What? Two rooms, did you say? There is a power struggle between Stella, Stanley and Blanche and Stella is the weakest link. Stanley tries to gain power physically and Blanche uses her sexuality to try and be in control. ...read more.

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Stanley wants to be in control, ' I am the king around here, so don't forget it!' Also in the stage directions Stanley is carrying meat, so this shows he is the provider of the family. Stanley is very aggressive in stage directions; 'He jumps up and jerks roughly at curtains to close them.' He says that what a wife owns is also the husband's property and what the husband owns also belongs to his wife. He says, 'what belongs to the wife belongs to the husband and vice versa. However he knows he hasn't got anything to offer Stella so therefore he is not sharing anything himself. He is more worried about Stella's property than she is and the first question he asks is, 'Then where's the money if the place was sold?' Stanley is a clever man, who doesn't like to be made a fool of. He states in Scene Two, 'I don't like to be swindled.' This shows he's like a predator and he gets whatever he wants. The outcome of the story is that Stella is the one who loses everything. She loses Belle Reve as well as her sister. She might blame herself for everything that has happened and regret not being there, supporting her sister and trying to save Belle Reve. ...read more.

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