A Streetcar Named Desire notes for scene 3

A Streetcar Named Desire notes for scene 3

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Scene Three ­ a pivotal scene
Initially the play was to be called "The Poker Party"
Scene three cements Stanley's identity as the villain
Scene three highlights the primal nature of Stanley and Stella's relationship
Scene three illustrates Stanley's domination over his friends as he makes all the decisions
about the game
Scene three illustrates his friends devotion as they look after him tenderly when he is drunk
Scene three is when Stella first chooses Stanley over Blanche. This foreshadows events later
in the play. Stella has already decided whose side she is on
Characterisation: Blanche
We learn more about Blanche in this scene:-
Her vanity makes her lie about Stella's age
Her inability to deal with reality makes her claim that she has come to help out because Stella
has not been well
Yet, none of her lies are malicious. She tells lies in order to protect herself from reality and
the tragedies she has to endure
Her seductive posturing half undressed in the gap in the curtains appears instinctive when
men are around. This highlights the contradictions in her character : the genteel Southern
lady who expects men to stand up when she comes in and who cannot bear a rude remark or
vulgar action and the cheap seductress
Blanche's purchase of the Chinese lantern to put over the light bulb is again symbolic of her
inability to face reality. Both literally and metaphorically light threatens to reveal Blanche's
Blanche's determination to take Stella away from Stanley is not forgiven or forgotten by
Stanley and makes him all the more determined to be rid of his unwanted visitor
Characterisation: Stanley
Stanley's loud and domineering behaviour during the poker game as well as his loud shirts
emphasise his manliness
Stanley throwing down the watermelon emphasises his disregard both for the house and for
Stella. It foreshadows the radio incident and hints at his capacity for violence

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Stanley's drinking symbolises destructive behaviour as he commits domestic violence
His shower symbolises his attempts to wash away his sins i.e. hitting Stella
Stanley and Stella
Stella and Stanley's reunion conveys the extent of their desire for each other.…read more


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