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Street car named desire

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Introduction

Scene One Stella Blanche talk begins on a tense note. She claims she could use the drink to calm her nerves, but insists-without being asked-that she isn't a drunk Stella makes a light effort to defend her present lifestyle, but she mostly lets Blanche do the talking. She asks Stella to tell her how she looks, fusses over Stella's dishevelled (scompigliato) appearance lost Belle Reve, agonizingly points the finger at Stella for running off to New Orleans and leaving all familial woes(disgrazia) behind. The play offers a romanticized vision of slum life Scene 2 Stella explains Blanche's ordeal of losing Belle Reve and asks that Stanley be kind to Blanche by flattering her appearance. She also instructs Stanley not to mention the baby. Stanley is more interested in the bill of sale from Belle Reve. He feels swindled out of the estate, Napoleonic code, a code of law recognized in New Orleans that places women's property in the hands of their husbands. Just finally Stanley realizes that Blanche has acted honestly-the estate really was lost on its mortgage, not sold as he suspected. Oh, I guess he's just not the type that goes for jasmine perfume, but maybe he's what we need to mix with our blood now that we've lost Belle Reve. stanley 'malignant aspects of his character start to surface. ...read more.

Middle

Not knowing that Stanley is listening, Blanche holds nothing back and describes Stanley as a common, apelike, primitive brute. When telling Stella that sheer desire is no basis for a marriage, Blanche points out that there is a streetcar in New Orleans named "Desire" She invokes the streetcar as a metaphor for what she believes Stella feels. Blanche's acts of desire are indeed what led to her expulsion from life in Laurel, Scene Five Untruthful letter she has just finished writing to Shep Huntleigh, he has acquired knowledge of Blanche's past Blanche fiercely denies Stanley's accusation Stanley's remarks leave Blanche horribly shaken Blanche confesses Stella that she has behaved badly during the past two years date that evening with Mitch. She has not gone to bed with him because she wants Mitch's respect, but she's worried he will lose interest in her. stella runs off to join Stanley at the bar. Blanche waits for Mitch. A young man comes Blanche flirts with him, offers him a drink, and launches a seduction. Blanche declares that he looks like an Arabian prince, then kisses him on the lips and sends him on his way, saying, "I've got to be good-and keep my hands off children. Even without Stanley around Blanche cannot bring herself to explain her belief that Mitch is her last chance of salvation from ruin. ...read more.

Conclusion

has never seen her in the light before Blanche admits-1)that after her husband's suicide � she was so distraught n lonely she did have intimate relations with strangers. . -2)to the affair with the 17-year-old at the school. Mitch accuses her of lying to him, but she denies it, saying she never lied in her heart Mexican woman if he wants to stay, he should marry her. Let him go away Scene 10 B lied to S� received invita' by wire from SH to join him on a cruise He confronts Blanche with her lies, claiming that he has known from the day she arrived what sort of person she is He grabs her and carries her to the bed Stanley brutally shatters all her illusions, and this, together with the physical assault, drives Blanche into a complete mental breakdown. Scene 11 The two sisters' roles reverse. Stella admits that she may have entered a world of make-believe when she acknowledges that she cannot believe Blanche's story about the rape and continue to live with Stanley Bl has lost her mental balance When Blanche hears she has a visitor, she assumes it is Shep, When Blanche sees the doctor, she exclaims that he is not who she was expecting there is a struggle in catching Bl finally Blanche accepts the doctor's help, although she has no idea of who he is saying Whoever you are," Blanche says, "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers Bl couldn't find what she needed, no matter how hard she actually look ...read more.

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