Streetcar named Desire

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  • A Streetcar Named Desire. Tennessee Williams. 1947
    • Themes
      • Dependence on men
      • Love
      • Abuse vs Passion
      • Escapism
      • Reality vs Fantasy
      • Sexuality
    • Relationships
      • Stella and Stanley
      • Blanche and Stella
      • Blanche and Stanley
      • Blanche and Mitch
    • Characters
      • Blanche
        • (means white)
      • Stanley
      • Stella
      • Mitch
    • Quotations
      • "Say, it's only a paper moon... it wouldn't be make-believe if you believed in me!"
      • "I don't think I ever seen you in the light"
        • "Having them coloured lights going...
      • "flores para los muertos"
    • Symbols
      • MUSIC is an important staging aspect as it blurs the boundaries between Blanche's fantasy and reality.
        • IT'S ONLY A PAPER MOON literally charts Blanche's journey from her fantasy to her dreadful reality.
      • FLOWERS. Mitch brings roses to Blanche in scene 5 (desire). But by scene 10 there is the flores para los muertos (flowers for the dead). Flowers go from desire to death.
    • Motifs
      • Blurring of inside and outside. There is no safe place for women within the patriarchal society.
      • LIGHT. Blanche desires to stay out of the light, for example she buys a paper lantern. This represents how she wants to hide her true self to both herself and others
  • IT'S ONLY A PAPER MOON literally charts Blanche's journey from her fantasy to her dreadful reality.
  • The           VARSOUVIANA POLKA represents Blanche's inability to escape her past and her guilt over the death of Alan.
    • MUSIC is an important staging aspect as it blurs the boundaries between Blanche's fantasy and reality.

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    Dla2lag

    A useful revision tool that covers the basic ideas of the play; this could be used as a starting point that could be added to and then links made between the ideas identified as well as adding further specific references from the play.

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