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Scene Ten
This scene is the dramatic climax of the play

Throughout this scene Williams uses every means available to create an atmosphere of
menace:-

­ opening stage directions ­ Blanche's "soiled and crumpled" evening dress and her
"scuffed silver slippers"

­ When she breaks the mirror we are reminded…

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The rape further symbolises that in the new world of the South, animal instinct and common
sense win out over lofty ideals and romantic notions

Blanche's silent resignation as Stanley carries her to the bed indicates the utter defeat of her
will

If the rape symbolises realism, then surely this…

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