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English course work - Street Car Named Desire - Scene 10 In this essay I am going to be explaining why and what makes this scene the most powerful scene in the play, I will also be giving an overlook on the characters, actions and the stage directions. My essay will include quotes from the play and how an audience would react and feel to the actions given by each of the characters. After reading the book I found scene 10 the most dramatic scene in the play because this is the scene where Blanche gets raped by her sisters husband Stanley, he comes on to her and frightens the life out of her by using threatening lines such as 'Tiger - tiger! Drop the bottle-top! Drop it! We've had this date from the beginning!' and that is when he finally rapes her, that is what finally leads to Stanley and Stella finally putting her in an institution. Leading up to this scene Blanche has been through a lot starting from the beginning blanche got married to a young man who she liked to call the boy, she found him in bed with another man, the boy felt so ashamed he couldn't live with the guilt and he killed himself after ...read more.


He slams the door behind him when he enters the kitchen witch gives the impression that he is not in a good mood but really he is overwhelmed about his and Stella's baby. The stage directions add a lot of tension to the scene because there is so many actions it gives a feeling that something big is going to happen. Stanley and Blanche's conversation starts off with Blanche saying that she'd got a wire from an old friend and she is going on holiday with him, I don't think Stanley believes her so he starts to be sarcastic towards everything she says like when she says 'an invitation' and then Stanley replies 'what to? A fireman's ball'. Stanley carries on been sarcastic and then he just comes out with 'as a matter of there was no wire at all!' I think Stanley feels glad to get rid and see blanche get emotionally hurt. Blanche panics in away we have not yet seen in the play, she rushes around phoning operators, you can see that she is having a nervous breakdown by the way she speaks on the phone for example 'just ask any body who - wait! ...read more.


Also the trumpet and drums make Stanley seem more dominant. The struggle at the end of the scene is quite disturbing and one that had Blanche Seriously hurt. Stanley's last line we've had this date from the beginning suggests that they have always had an eye for each other all the time and it was bound to happen. In the end of the scene the audience must feel a bit shocked at the outcome and the events that took place. My opinion of the scene is it is far the most powerful of the book because of the events that take place and the outcome at the end. The use of stage directions ads to scene because it shows how much was going on in the scene and how it talks about the shadows and all the describing words used. To sum up the scene Blanche is a bit tipsy at the beginning and she starts to lie about the memo Stanley starts of very sarcastically and just comes out with how much she was lying all the time and this upsets her and that is when Stanley starts getting aggressive with her and that is when the rape takes place and not long after she gets taken into care. Andrew Wiltshire ...read more.

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