The Theme of Desire - A Streetcar Named Desire

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  • The Theme of Desire - A Streetcar Named Desire
    • Scene One
      • Blanche: They told me to take a streetcar named Desire...and get off at Elysian Fields!
        • Suggestion that desire takes you to your death - Elysian Fields was believed to be a cemetery for Greek gods in the afterlife.
    • Scene Four
      • Blanche: What you are talking about is brutal desire - just - Desire!
        • This is what Blanche sees Stanley and Stella's relationship to be: an animalistic relationship which is driven by sexual desire and animalistic instincts.
      • Stella: Haven't you ever ridden on that streetcar? Blanche: It brought me here. - Where I'm not wanted and where I'm ashamed to be...
        • This suggests that Blanche's desires have brought her to the poor mental state which she is in, desperately looking to forget the consequences of her desires in Elysian Fields.
    • Scene Five
      • Blanche is discussing her prostitution, "temporary magic just in order to pay for - one night's shelter!"
        • You have to be "soft and attractive" in order to be desired. Blanche is "fading" so she worries that she will no longer be sexually desired like she used to be.
      • Blanche: I want to deceive him enough to make him - want me...
        • Blanche wants to deceive Mitch with her facade in order to be sexually desired again. However, she also desires his companionship for security.
      • Blanche: Yes - I want Mitch... very badly!
        • Blanche wants to deceive Mitch with her facade in order to be sexually desired again. However, she also desires his companionship for security.
      • Blanche: You make my mouth water. + kisses Young Man
        • Sexual connotations - Blanche finds the Young Man attractive physically. But, she knows she can't do anything due to her past.
    • Scene Six
      • Mitch: You need somebody. And I need somebody, too. Could it be - you and me, Blanche?
        • Mitch and Blanche are both lonely and desire companionship. Mitch will be alone when his mother dies and Blanche has lost Allan.
    • Stanley Kowalski - his desire to ruin Blanche's facade
      • Scene Five - initial interrogation of Blanche about her past
        • Stanley: Say, do you happen to know somebody named Shaw?
        • Stanley: This somebody named Shaw is under the impression he met you in Laurel
        • Stanley: Shaw must've got you mixed up.
      • Scene Seven - Stanley has been finding things out about Blanche behind her back.
        • Stanley: I've got th' dope on your big sister, Stella.
        • Stanley: Lie Number One: All this squeamishness she puts on!... Sister Blanche is no lily! Ha-ha! Some lily she is!
        • Stanley: The Flamingo is used to all kinds of goings-on. But even the management was impressed by Dame Blanche!
        • Shows he is excited: "No, siree, Bob! She didn't." and "Boy, oh boy"
      • Scene Ten - Stanley reveals the truth to Blanche
        • Stanley: There isn't a goddam thing but imagination! And lies and conceit and tricks!
        • Stanley: And look at yourself! Take a look at yourself in that worn-out Mardi Gras outfit, rented for fifty cents from some rag-picker! And with the crazy crown on! What queen do you think you are!
          • Blanche - repetition of "Oh!" because she knows he is right.
            • Stanley: There isn't a goddam thing but imagination! And lies and conceit and tricks!
        • Stanley: I've been onto you from the start! Not once did you pull any wool over this boy's eyes!
          • Stanley has seen past her facade from the beginning.
        • Stanley: sprinkle the place with powder and spray perfume and cover the light-bulb with a paper lantern, and lo and behold the place has turned into Egypt and you are the Queen of the Nile!
          • Stanley laughs in her face and Blanche realises that she has failed to hide her past from Stanley.

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