• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How does Williams introduce the character of Blanche in scene one of A Streetcar Named Desire? What dramatic techniques are used and what are the effects created?

Extracts from this document...


How does Williams introduce the character of Blanche in scene one of A Streetcar Named Desire? What dramatic techniques are used and what are the effects created? Williams uses various dramatic techniques to introduce Blanche in scene one. One first reading the play we get a feel for the setting and mood from the initial stage directions and introduction: The sky that' shows around the dim white building is a peculiarly tender blue, almost turquoise, which invests the scene with a kind of lyricism and gracefully attenuates the atmosphere of decay. We learn earlier in the introduction that the play is set in New Orleans, and the specific area in which the play is concentrated, is a poor district. This is repeated in Williams's use of words such a 'rickety' and 'weathered grey' a great feeling of rundown is suggested by the use of these words, but this is contradicted when we are told that it has 'raffish charm'. ...read more.


Williams goes as far to say that she looks as if 'she were arriving at a summer tea or cocktail party'. The first interaction between Blanche and another character is when Eunice asks her is she is lost, suggesting that even the character know that she stands out: Blanche: They mustn't have - understood- what number I wanted... Eunice: You don't have to look no further. Blanche [uncomprehendingly]: I'm looking for my sister, Stella DuBois, I mean Mrs. Stanley Kowalski. Blanche uses very short sentences, which suggests she is nervous. She also does not really understand what Eunice is saying, as is pointed out by the stage directions. This shows that she is unfamiliar with slang and colloquialisms, and that she uses a higher standard of English, with proper sentences and grammar, suggesting that she has had a formal education. When left alone on stage, Blanche takes on another persona: She pours a half tumbler of whisky and tosses it down. ...read more.


Blanche also shows her vain side when talking to Stella, with her constantly craving attention and appraisal, especially concerning her fading looks, suggesting that she has a weak character and needs constant reassurance, or that she is in a depressed current state of mind and needs comforting. However, her interaction with Stanley is very different: Stanley: Didn't know you were coming into town. Blanche: I - uh - Stanley: Where you from, Blanche? Blanche: Why, I - live in Laurel. Previously, in her conversation with Stella, Blanche had dominated the conversation, now, she seems very nervous and hesitant, revealing herself not to be as confident as she thinks she is. Williams's use of dramatic techniques, such as leaving Blanche alone on stage, and the constant musical beat of play, has quickly entered Blanche into the story, and explained her character very quickly to the audience, but perhaps setting her up for a fall, with all of the bad things he has shown her to be. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE A Streetcar Named Desire section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE A Streetcar Named Desire essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Discuss the role of music and other sound effects in A Streetcar Named Desire

    3 star(s)

    whilst her sister has been away, and how badly she has come off from them.

  2. Lighting, Music and other effects in 'A Streetcar named Desire'.

    When Mitch confronts Blanche with these rumours at a time in which Blanche is probably the most vulnerable, the 'Blue piano' gets softer. After Blanche proposes marriage to Mitch, he calls her dirty and says he no longer wants to marry her.

  1. The Analysis of Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

    By having affairs with young men she longs her youthful innocence and revives Allen's memory. When she panics and feels remorse for Allen's death the Varsouviana Polka is heard in her mind. It is the polka tune to which Blanche and Allen were dancing before his suicide.

  2. Symbolism in A Streetcar Named Desire

    She starts cleaning up the mess in the room but her elder sister is against her actions. Blanche: Stop it. Let go of that broom. I won't have you cleaning up for him! So far, I have been able to examine this text under two interpretations.

  1. A Streetcar Named Desire - scene by scene analysis.

    Stanley is aggressive as he is drunk and Mitch says he needs to go home, as his mother is sick. Stella and Blanche return home to find the poker game still in progress and on her way to the bathroom, Blanche meets Mitch.

  2. A Streetcar Named Desire

    and has dealt with her suffering by taking refuge in fanciful dreams about herself and her surroundings, 'I don't want realism I want magic... I try to give that to people. I misrepresent things to them. I don't tell the truth.

  1. How successfully has Williams introduced the main characters and ideas of A Streetcar named ...

    We see throughout the play how Blanche is haunted by her past and how every time she is made to think back over it we hear the polka music in the background as a recurring theme. This is the case as Stanley asks, "You were married once, weren't you?

  2. A Streetcar Named Desire - It is impossible to feel sympathy for Blanche.

    woman she wants to be thus do not find her conversation with Stanley too out of character. We know that there are many aspects to her and her past we have not yet met yet we sympathize with her and pity her because of her inner pain.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work