ASND QUOTES AND THEMES

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  • A Streetcar Named Desire
    • Desire
      • 'the centre of his life is pleasure with women, the giving and taking of it, not with weak indulgence, dependently, with the power and pride of a richly feathered male bird'
      • They told me take a streetcar called Desire, and transfer to one called Cemeteries and ride six blocks and get off at - Elysian Fields!
      • I want to rest! I want to breathe quietly again! Yes – I want Mitch… very badly! Just think! If it happens! I can leave here and not be anyone's problem…
      • Where were you! In bed with your - Polack!
      • There are things that happen between a man and woman in the dark - that sort of make everything else seem - unimportant.
      • Has anyone ever told you that you look like a young Prince out of the Arabian Nights?
      • I don't want realism. I want magic!
      • We've had this date with each other from the beginning!
      • You need somebody. And I need somebody too. Could it be - you and me, Blanche?
      • They come together with low, animal moans.
      • I was - sort of - thrilled by it.
    • Illusion and Reality
      • Bathing
        • I think I will bathe... My nerves are in knots.
        • all freshly bathed and scented and feeling like a bran new human being!
      • Music
        • It’s only a paper moon, Just as phony as it can be–But it wouldn’t be make-believe If you believed in me!
        • This 'blue piano' expresses the spirit of the life which goes on there.
        • Varsouviana
        • There now, the shot! It always stops after that
        • inhuman jungle voices
      • Shadows
        • Lurid reflections appear on the walls in odd, sinuous shapes.
        • The shadows and lurid reflections move sinuously as flames along the wall spaces.
        • The shadows are a grotesque and menacing form.
      • I ought to go [to the sky] on a rocket that never comes down.
      • After all, a woman’s charm is fifty percent illusion.
      • I don’t want realism. I want magic!
      • Stella, oh, Stella, Stella! Stella for Star!
      • I don’t tell the truth, I tell what ought to be truth.
    • Madness and Alcoholism
      • She pours a half tumbler of whisky and tosses is down. She carefully replaces the bottle and washes out the tumbler at the sink.
      • Your sister hasn't turned into a drunkard, she's just all shaken up and hot and tired and dirty!
      • I'm not accustomed to having more than one drink. Two is the limit - and three!
      • No, one's my limit.
      • No coke honey, not with my nerves.
      • the "Varsouviana," is heard. The music is in her mind; she is drinking to escape.
      • hiding the bottle in a closet, crouching at the mirror and dabbing her face with cologne and powder.
      • He says you been lapping it up all summer like a wild-cat.
      • As the drinking and packing went on, a mood of hysterical exhilaration came into her
      • Some people rarely touch it, but it touches them often.
      • Drunk - drunk - animal thing, you!
    • Old South v New South
      • Please don't get up. I'm only passing through.
      • Nobody’s going to get up, so don’t be worried.
      • I have to admit I love to be waited on...
      • I was fishing for a compliment, Stanley.
      • Yes - I was flirting with your husband, Stella!
      • Stanley gives a loud whack of his hand on her thigh.
      • Our first American ancestors were French Huguenots
      • Over her head he grins through the curtains at Blanche.
      • He advances a little as he knots his tie.
      • and seizes the paper lantern
      • He seizes the atomizer and slams it down on the dresser
      • Stanley's gaudy pyjamas
      • Not in my territory
      • In the state of Louisiana we have the Napoleonic code, according to which what belongs to the wife belongs to the husband and vice versa.
      • She returns his look without flinching.
      • I have old- fashioned ideals
      • My Rosenkavalier! Bow to me first!
      • Try and locate a bunch of artificial violets in that box too,'
      • Ha-ha! Some lily she is!
      • such kinds of new light have come into the world since then!... In this dark march… don’t — don’t hang back with the brutes!
    • Masculinity
      • Remember what Huey Long said - "Every Man is a King!" And I am the King around here, so don't forget it!
      • they are men at the peak of their physical manhood, as coarse and direct and powerful as the primary colours
      • There are vivid slices of watermelon on the table, whisky bottles and glasses.
      • Why don't you women go up and sit with Eunice?
      • Animal joy is implicit in all his movements
    • Light
      • unless it's the paper lantern you want to take with you. You want the lantern?
      • Daylight never exposed so total a ruin!
      • and seizes the paper lantern
      • I can’t stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action.
      • turn that over-light off!
      • I don’t think I ever seen you in the light
      • I won’t be looked at in this merciless glare!
      • cries out as if the lantern was herself
      • never for one moment since has there been any light that’s stronger than this - kitchen - candle.'
    • Gender Roles & Dependency
      • They're Stanley's friends
      • Stanley doesn't give me a regular allowance
      • I can’t stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action.
      • Don't ever believe it. Life has got to go on. No matter what happens, you've got to keep on going
      • But I have been foolish - casting my pearls before swine!
      • I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.
      • You’ve got to be soft and attractive. And I – I’m fading now!
      • Thank you for being so kind! I need kindness now.
      • Honey, would I be here if the man weren't married?
    • Death
      • 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.
      • with pretty flowers. And, oh, what gorgeous boxes they pack them away in!
      • The opposite is desire.
      • They told me to take a street-car named Desire, and then transfer to one called Cemeteries and ride six blocks and get off at — Elysian Fields!
      • Mr. Graves is the high school superintendent — he suggested I take a leave of absence.
      • The first time I laid eyes on [Stanley] I thought to myself, that man is my executioner! That man will destroy me.
      • Yes, I had many intimacies with strangers. After the death of Allan — intimacies with strangers was all I seemed able to fill my empty hearty with.
      • I shall die of eating an unwashed grape one day out on the ocean. I will die—with my hand in the hand of some nice-looking ship’s doctor, a very young one
      • Death is expensive, Miss Stella!

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