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Imagine that you have been asked to direct “A Streetcar named Desire” by Tennessee Williams. How would you present the play?

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Zulfqar Ali 11JH 20th September, 2001 "A Streetcar named Desire": Tennessee Williams Imagine that you have been asked to direct a version of the play. You have selected your cast and they have come to their first rehearsal with you. Explain to the actors who are to play the parts of Stanley and Stella Kowalski just how you would like them to perform their roles in the play. Stanley and Stella Kowalski are both working class people, living in a small, ground floor flat in New Orleans. This is a poor, multicultural society, with many pubs, bars and bowling alleys. Stanley is the child of immigrants and is proud of what he is. He works in a factory and appears to be a hard worker. Stanley is a strong, muscular character as described in the stage directions by Williams; "He is of medium height, about five feet eight or nine and strongly compactly built. Animal joy in his being is implicit in all his movements and attitudes." He is proud to be who he is and everything that he owns. ...read more.

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He is obviously the man of the house and makes all the decisions. He is also the provider of the house, as shown in Scene One when he throws some meat at her. He wants a wife to have his dinner in front of him whenever he likes. "How about my supper huh? I'm not going to no Galatories for supper!" He feels threatened when Blanche arrives and says to Stella that they can have the coloured lights on once again when Blanche leaves. Stanley's the type of person who likes to get to the point, as he says "lay their cards on the table." He's not the type of person who gives compliments to women as he stated, "I never met a woman that didn't know if she was good-looking or not without being told, and some of them give themselves credit for more than they've got. I was went out with a doll who said to me, 'I am the glamorous type, I am the glamorous type!' ...read more.

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Although Stanley is violent with Stella there is a strong bond between them two. Stella easily forgives Stanley, mainly because he's the father of her baby. In Scene Four she tells Stella, "He didn't know what he was doing...He was as good as a lamb when I came back and he's really very, very ashamed of himself." Stella is also suspicious about Blanche, but is not intrusive and thinks that she will tell her why she left her job and came to live with them. Stella is worried about Blanche, because of her fear of being alone and being around light and her obsession with her looks. She is always nice to Blanche and encourages Stanley to be more considerate towards her. When Stella is with her sister she goes back to some of her older attitudes and she and Blanche enjoy making fun of the wives of Stanley's friends, "with girlish laughter." In Scene Eleven when Blanche is taken away by the doctor Stella feels guilty and believes that it's her fault, as she had left Belle Reve putting all the responsibility on Blanche. ...read more.

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