Blanche DuBois - Key Quotations

A mindmap with key quotations for Blanche DuBois, A Streetcar Named Desire - Tennessee Williams.

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  • Created on: 09-03-13 19:37
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  • Blanche DuBois
    • REJECTION OF THE TRUTH
      • "I don't want realism." - scene 9
      • "I'll tell you what I want. Magic." - scene 9
      • "I don't tell the truth, I tell what ought to be the truth." - scene 9
      • "She sprays herself with the atomizer; then playfully sprays [him] with it." [Stanley is 'him'] - scene 2
      • "It's only a paper moon, just as phony as can be - but it wouldn't be make-believe if you believed in me."
      • "I can't stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can stand a rude remark or vulgar action." - scene 3
    • COLOUR IMAGERY
      • "Scarlet satin robe." - scene 9
      • "white suit.. white gloves and hat." - scene 1
      • "soiled and crumpled white satin evening gown." - scene 10
    • COSTUME AND APPEARANCE
      • "Her appearance is incongruous to this setting." - scene 1
      • "Her delicate beauty must avoid strong light." - scene 1
      • "white clothes, that suggests a moth." - scene 1
    • KEY LINES
      • "The Kowalskis and the DuBois have different notions." -  scene 2
      • "I had many intimacies with strangers." - scene 9
      • "Deliberate cruelty is unforgiveable.. it is the one thing  of which I have never, never been guilty." - scene 10
      • "I want to deceive him enough to make him want me." - scene 5
      • "her inert figure" - scene 10 - highlights Blanche's fragility in the rape scene
      • "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers." - scene 11
    • PROPS
      • "paper lantern" - put up by Mitch in scene 3, taken down by Mitch in scene 9, taken down by Stanley in scene 11
      • "phone" - Blanche tries to use the phone in scene 10 but her inability to use technology causes her to be unable to get help - links to Old America vs. New America.
    • MUSIC
      • "The Polka music" - used throughout the play, sounds in a minor and major key e.g. scene 6
      • "The Varsouviana" - scene 6 - a type of Polka music.
    • MOTIFS
      • "bathing" - scene 2, scene 7, scene 11. The bathroom is used by Blanche as a place of comfort/safety in Stanley's house. Blanche bathes in order to cleanse herself - she feels dirty.
      • light - often represents the truth -used as a motif to highlight Blanche's fears. scene 6 - Blanche tells Mitch that being in love with Allan was like a bright,"blinding light"

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