Streetcar scene One 

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  • Streetcar scene One
    • 'Elysian fields'
      • Dream-Lke imagery- mirrors blanche's internal conflict
    • 'Raffish charm'
      • shows the unconventional charm of New Orleans and generates a nostalgic tone
    • 'Faded white stairs ascend to the entrance of both'
      • Heavenly imagery- romanticised
        • Generates a juxtaposition as Blanche views it as a hell.
    • Play takes place from May to August
      • Temporal structure subverts expectations of the reader
    • 'attenuates the atmosphere of decay'
      • Despite the fact that New Orleans was the place of hopes and dreams it was crumbling and overrun with poverty.
        • Although Blanche represents the deep south, New orleans may show a better representation of her.
    • 'this 'blue piano' expresses the spirit of the life which goes on here'
      • Explosion of sensory language emphasises Blanche's overwhelming experience
    • 'for New Orleans is a cosmopolitan city were there is a relatively warm and easy intermingling of races in the old part of town'
      • Sense of fluency and harmony and there is explicit diversity.
        • reinforces the idea of Blanche being the true outsider
    • The stage directions are lyrical and poetic in style.
    • 'Meat!'- Stanley
      • Meat is a phallic symbol- reinforces Stanley's masculinity
        • Highlights the idea that Stanley and Stella's relationship is built on lust.
    • 'fluffy bodice, necklace and ear-rings of pearl, white gloves and hat, looking as if she were arriving at a summer tea or cocktail party'- stage directions about Blanche
      • Mask or costume- sense of concealment.
      • Over civilised- intense juxtaposition which reinforces her image as an outsider.
    • 'If you will excuse me , I'm just about to drop'
      • Her polite facade is dropped as she feels that Eunice is beneath her. Links to stereotypical views of Old south.
    • 'Moth' - stage directions about Blanche
      • Delicate- attracted to the light yet they also fear it. Links to Blanche's fear of being judged and her outwardly calm facade dropping.
    • 'And turn that over-light off! Turn that off! I won't be looked at in this merciless glare!'-Blanche
      • Moth-like nature. Wants to maintain her facade and doesn't want to be judged by others, especially her sister.
    • You never did give me a chance to say much, Blanche. So I just got in the habit of being quiet around you
      • Blanche dominates the speech perhaps to overcompensate as deep down she feels vulnerable and scared. Her domineering actions juxtapose her dainty facade.
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