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The story of 'A Streetcar Named Desire' focuses around the life of a woman used to having lots of money, maids and slaves.

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Introduction

The story of 'A Streetcar Named Desire' focuses around the life of a woman used to having lots of money, maids and slaves. The story is about her moving to the poorer, friendly, less sophisticated, multiracial city of New Orleans to live with her worse off sister and brother in law in their small, messy apartment. Blanche, the woman, used to be a wealthy landowner but gradually lost it all as time went on. She was sacked from her teaching job because she was on the early stages of a nervous breakdown and lost her home, Belle Reve, which is why she 'temporarily' moved in with her sister. Stella is Blanche's sister. She used to live with Blanche when she was younger but has moved to New Orleans and become used to life there with her husband and friends. She lives in a small apartment block called Elysian Fields. She is pregnant when Blanche moves in. ...read more.

Middle

At first, Blanche acts quite nervously around Stanley although before long she starts to flirt with him. Stanley doesn't like Blanche too much at first but is friendly towards her because Stella tells him to be. However, after a while Stanley gets angry with Blanche because of her expensive property and long baths in the mornings. He is often shouting at her and even goes as far as raping her nearer the end of the play. Blanche is disgusted with Stanley's behaviour and starts to think of him as an animal. Stanley finds out that Blanche has lost Belle Reve. He also notices Blanche's collection of fine clothing and jewellery of which he exclaims: "Open your eyes to this stuff! You think she got them out of teacher's pay?" This makes me think that Stanley believes that Blanche got the money for her clothes and jewellery from Belle Reve. It is at this point when Stanley takes control of the relationship between the three and brings up the Napoleonic Code: "In the state ...read more.

Conclusion

Just as Blanche believes that she shall get married to Mitch, Stanley destroys the relationship by revealing the truth behind the lies which were told to Mitch. Stanley defends Mitch from Blanche and although the relationship between the two had finished, Mitch still became angry at Stanley and went as far as threatening to kill him when Stanley had her taken away by a doctor and his matron. Whilst Stella is giving birth to her child Stanley goes back to Elysian Fields drunk. When he gets back to the apartment he meets Blanche, wondering, dreamily about the rich life. In his drunken state he tries to seduce Blanche but when she is having none of it he rapes her. This is a major point in the story because it symbolises the strength of Stanley, the fragility of Blanche and how much more power he has over her. Stanley had gradually destroyed Blanche from the moment he found out about Belle Reve and, at the end of the story, he managed to get her to leave by using her own weaknesses against her. Therefore, Stanley 'triumphed' over Blanche. ...read more.

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