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Threatening undertone runs through the scene
beginning with Eunice's accusations of infidelity at which
when Stanley says she got a drink instead of the police
Stella replies `That's much more practical' which helps
the reader comprehend the frequency of the situation
Blanche admits her past liaisons to Stella and recognises
that they were just a way of asserting her existence `men
don't even admit your existence unless they're making
love to you'
Once again Stanley undresses while in conversation
with Blanche `[while he is dressing]'…read more

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Talks to Stella about her attempts to gain the protection of
male friends, reminds us of her fragility, vulnerability and
justified fears of loosing her beauty `I'm fading now'
`I've got to be good and keep my hands off children' this
directs the reader to her indiscretions in Laurel, Blanche does
not appear to be a predator as she flirts with the paperboy, so
much as sad and pathetic. She is drawn to children who are
innocent as she imagines herself to be. Trapped emotionally
in a fictional past, `young man! Young, young, young, young ­
After Blanche's monologue about her promiscuity in Laurel,
Stella begins to notice a slip in Blanches mental stability and a
crack in her facade…read more

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Blanche says to Stanley `you love to bang things
around' this has a double meaning for his beating of
Stella and also contains some sexual connotations
He jumps straight in to questioning Blanche after
scoffing at her saying her star sign means virgin `do
you happen to know somebody named Shaw'
He refuses to kiss Stella around Blanche, this could
be animalistic, showing that he does not want to be
affectionate towards her whilst another possible
conquest is watching…read more

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Stella does not find the humour in the letter that Blanche is
writing to Shep, perhaps she is bored with Blanches lies and
During Stanley and Blanche's conversation she only interjects
once to tell Blanche of Stanley's birthday which shows her as
being merely an obstacle between Stanley and Blanche
`I like to wait on you Blanche . It makes it seem more like home'
Shows how much power Blanche has always held over Stella
`I don't listen to you when you are being morbid' she shuns
away all of Blanche's confessions `now will you stop talking
foolish'…read more

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Desire and Fate - Blanche's encounter with the
young man shows raw, sexual desire as well as
foreshadowing her fate, never escaping her past and
to be forever foiled by her promiscuity
Death ­ Blanche's pursuit of the young delivery boy
is an attempt to rekindle her relationship of her
dead husband as well as an endeavour to satisfy her
sexual desire
Madness ­ Blanche's facade continues to slip and in
scene 5 her madness comes out when she
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This resource provides close language analysis and also begins to look in depth at the characters. The references could be cross-referenced to other points in the play when setting and atmosphere are used to reflect the moods and situations of the characters and how these ideas are revisited throughout the play.

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