A Streetcar named Desire Quotes

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Themes
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Sexual Desire (Young man + Mitch) Fantasy and Delusion (vs Reality) Masculinity and Dominance Femininity (Blanche vs Stella)
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Symbols
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The Streetcar Varsouviana polka (Allan Grey) Bathing Paper lantern (shadows) Alcohol The Poker night
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Music
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Varsouviana polka Blue piano (Stanley)
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Light
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\”yellow streak of light\”
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Blanche (description)
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\”delicate beauty\” \”avoid strong light\” \”white suit\” \”moth\”
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Blanche
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\”cemeteries\” \”I can’t stand a naked light bulb\” \”soft and attractive\” \”I’m fading now!\” \”Young, young, young man!\” \”Tiger-tiger!\” \”Now that you’ve touched them I’ll burn them!\” \”I’m not young and vulnerable anymore.\” \”I feel so hot and frazzled\” \”I’m very adaptable\” \”Never arithmetic!\” \”Blanche waltzes to the music\” \”stop yelling\” (Stanley towards Blanche) \”Myself, for being such a liar!\” \”soft colours\” \”temporary magic\” \”lurid shadows\”
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Stanley (description)
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\”strongly, compactly built\” \”richly feathered male bird among hens\”
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Stanley
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\”sub-human\” \”stalks into the bedroom\” \”Meat!\” \”he heaves the package at her\” \”Shut up\” \”Gracious, what lung-power!\” \”bellows his wife’s name\” \”STELLL-AHHHHH!\” \”acts like animal\” \”\”
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Stella
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\”Blanche! Blanche! Blanche!\” \”There are things about my sister I don’t approve of\” \”Drunk – drunk – animal thing, you!\”
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Mitch
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\”Poker shouldn’t be played in a house with women\” (repeated)
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Scene 1
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Blanche comes in a streetcar named desire: moth, in congress to the setting, cemeteries
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Scene 2
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The scene of hope (napoleonic code = knows about the law = sound educated) \”Mix\” – new vs old south \”Jasmine perfume\” – floral imagery + delicate and beauty + oxymoron hides truth and corruption \”Blood\” – attempt to change character
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Scene 3
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Spectacle = \”STELLL-AHHHHH\” = not dialogue + vulnerable and insecure Stella descends = proxemics
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Scene 4
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\”Shep Huntleigh\” = Blanche needs him to stay secure
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Scene 5
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\”I’ve got to be good – and keep my hands off children\” = degenerate behaviour, implies it has happened before.
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Scene 6
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\”You need somebody. And I need somebody, too\” = hope
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Scene 7
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Stanley tells Stella about Blanche’s lies: \”It’s only a paper moon\” = hope vs. dramatic irony
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Scene 8
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Stanley gives \”Greyhound\” to Blanche to go back to Lorel = peripeteia
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Scene 9
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\”want magic\” \”I don’t tell the truth\” \”Don’t turn the light on\”
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Scene 10
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\”We’ve had this date from the beginning\” = Blanche submits to Stanley due to his alpha male characteristics
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Scene 11
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\”I have always depended on the kindness of strangers\”

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