A Streetcar Named Desire notes for scene 8

A Streetcar Named Desire notes for scene 8

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Scene Eight
This is a disjointed scene with changes of mood from embarrassment to violence, to a
pathetic attempt at normality, to Stanley's brutality, ending with Stella's abrupt departure
for the hospital. For Stella and Stanley the focus now shifts away from Blanche's distress
The very shortness of this scene, with its quick changes of mood, adds to the dramatic
Why is Stella's departure important?
Stella's departure to the hospital leaves Blanche alone in the apartment for the next two
scenes with tragic results
Stella's labour pains therefore symbolise danger for Blanche
Characterisation: Stanley
Stanley's rude table manners symbolise not only his primitive qualities but also his desire to
upset Blanche and Stella
Stanley smashing the plate symbolises his potential for violence and foreshadows his violent
behaviour in the rest of the play
Stanley's reaction to Blanche calling him "a Polack" symbolises his deep frustration that
Blanche views herself as superior
Stanley's birthday ticket to Blanche ­ a one way ticket back to Laurel ­ symbolises his cruel
tendencies and his vicious nature
Stage Directions ­ "grunts", "stalks" ­ remind us of his animalistic nature
The occurrence of the Varsouviana music after Blanche receives the bus ticket shows that she
is beginning to lose control again. Stanley's cruel action has pushed her over the edge
As Stella becomes angrier, her grammar becomes more formal. As Stanley grows angrier,
his grammar becomes sloppier and he begins to speak in sentence fragments. This is
symbolic of both the class and the intellectual divide between them


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