A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE - SCENE ONE ANALYSIS

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  • A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE - SCENE ONE
    • KEY QUOTES
      • [he heaves the package at her] - Stanley
        • Represents the physical relationship between Stanley and Stella, and also Stanley's overtly masculine and dominant attitude.
      • "This here is Elysian Fields" - Eunice
        • Place where heroes go to rest - contrasts with the setting and the characters of the play.
      • "I took the blows in my face and my body!" - Blanche
        • Demonstrates Blanche's selfishness and foreshadows the "blows' she will endure from Stanley.
        • Dramatic irony - Blanche's rape and Stanley's abuse of Stella.
      • [He sizes women up at a glance] - Stanley
        • Sets up Stanley's character and foreshadows the actions he takes based on these instincts.
      • "Some people rarely touch it, but it touches them often" - Stanley
        • Beginning the tension between Stanley and Blanche, and his persistent distrust of her.
      • [drawing involuntarily back from his stare" - Blanche
        • Sets up the tension between Stanley and Blanche, reaching its climax in scene ten.
    • KEY TERMS
      • Prosodic tone
      • Foreshadow
      • Mock epic imagery
      • Euphamism
      • Phallic imagery
      • Metaphor
      • Kinesics
      • Colloquiallism
    • CONTEXT
      • At the time, many of the attitudes towards women Stanley expresses are widely spread and believed.
      • Despite their roles in WW2, nearly all women had returned to traditional roles as housewives/mothers, financially dependent on their husbands.
      • Stanley's overt dominance over Stella and her dependence on him typical of the time.

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