A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE - SCENE TWO ANALYSIS

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    • KEY QUOTES
      • [she jumps up and kisses him which he accepts with lordly composure] - Stella/Stanley
        • Demonstrates Stella's reliance and obsessive love for Stanley, and his less emotional, more traditionally masculine role (one which he likes to exaggerate due to his feeling of self-importance).
      • [vaguely] "Oh, it had to be sacrificed or something" - Stella
        • Shows Stella's naive trust in those she loves, and her ignorance.
      • [he pulls out the wardrobe trunk standing in the middle of the room and jerks out an armful of dresses] - Stanley
        • Foreshadows Stanley's physical invasion into Blanche's  personal life, increasing the already heightened tension between the characters.
      • "The treasure chest of a pirate!" - Stanley
        • The hyperbole shows Stanley's ignorance (despite him wanting to seem educated) and reflects his anger and distrust of Blanche.
      • "I once went out with a doll" - Stanley
        • Stanley is again objectifying women - reflects the reasons for his actions later in the play.
      • "That's right...That's right"
        • Repetition again highlights Stanley's ignorance yet his determination to seem as though he understands while in Blanche's presence.
    • KEY TERMS
      • Foreshadows
      • Objectification
      • Hyperbole
      • Repetition
      • Pauses
      • Violent imagery
      • Dramatic irony
      • Prosodic tone
      • Kinesics
      • Paralinguistic features
      • Terms of endearment
      • Colloquialism/elision
    • CONTEXT
      • Attitudes/behaviours forced onto both genders - masculinity and dependence.
      • The objectification of women was normal and predominantly ignored.

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