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Plot Summary - ' A Streetcar named Desire'.

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Plot Summary. At the beginning of ' A Streetcar named Desire' Blanche Dubois, a schoolteacher from Laurel, arrives in New Orleans, at the apartment of her younger sister Stella Kowalski and her husband Stanley. Blanche seems to have fallen out of contact with Stella for a while, yet she intends to stay at the apartment. She has a large trunk with her indicating that she will be there for quite some time. Blanche tells Stella that she lost Belle Reve, their family home, following the death of all remaining relatives. She also mentions that she has been given a leave of absence from her teaching position. There is nothing to back up either story at this point in the play and there is nothing, yet, to counteract the stories. At this point we only know a little about the characters but we can see a special bond between the sisters, possibly a bond that will be stretched to its limit the longer Blanche remains there. The Kowalski's two-room apartment is in a noisy, working-class neighbourhood. Blanche is rude about it despite the fact that she probably can't afford a hotel. This is partially due to her attitude towards Stanley however, as she has her own views about social class. ...read more.

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Soon after the boy departs, Mitch arrives, and they go on their date. When Blanche returns she is exhausted and has clearly been uneasy for the entire night about the rumours Stanley mentioned earlier. Blanche then, surprisingly, has a deep conversation with Mitch about her husband who tragically died years ago after committing suicide. It turns out that Blanche blames herself for the entire thing as she condemned him after discovering his homosexuality. Coincidentally Mitch has been through an experience much the same. This brings them together and we can see real affection between the couple despite the fact that she will not let him kiss her. It seems she may have changed her ways and finally wants to be happy, but wants to do it right, unlike in the past. When the next scene begins it is the afternoon of Blanche's birthday, about one month later. Stella is preparing a birthday dinner when Stanley tells her he has news of Blanche's sordid past. He says that after losing Belle Reve, Blanche moved into a motel from which she conducted her numerous sexual liaisons. Also, she was fired from her job because it was discovered that she was having an affair with a student. ...read more.

Conclusion

The next scene takes place weeks later, as Stella and her neighbour Eunice pack Blanche's bags. Blanche is in the bath, and Stanley is playing poker with friends in the main room. A doctor is due to arrive and take Blanche away, but Blanche believes she is leaving to join her millionaire. Stella confesses to Eunice that she simply cannot allow herself to believe Blanche's claim that Stanley raped her. The audience can wonder whether this is just because Stella loves Stanley more or because Stella believes Blanche is lying. The doctor arrives with a nurse, and Blanche panics and struggles against them. Eunice has to hold Stella back to keep her from interfering. Finally the doctor approaches Blanche in a gentle manner and convinces her to leave with him. She is lead away, does not turn back or even say goodbye. Stella sobs with her child in her arms, and Stanley comforts her with loving words. Stanley explained to Stella earlier in the play that once Blanche had gone it would mean the start of their new life, however, the guilt that has been laid on Stella will never go away and if Stanley can not stand this it could mean a new life for each of them separately, just as Blanche had wanted. A Streetcar named Desire. Jennie Lea ...read more.

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