STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE MOTFITS AND SYMBOLS

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MOTIFS

LIGHT 

  • Blanche avoids light (in front of suitors) because she is hiding from reality - fading beauty 
  • Refuses to reveal real age 
  • Symbolizes Blanche's past in reality (hunted by ghost of Allan) -- Death of first love --Purpose in life --Dignity 
  • Blance believes that magic rather than reality ought to be scene 9 
  • Blanche's intolerate attiude towards light - shows her fading grasp on reality 
  • PAST = BRIGHT LIGHT   PRESENT = DIM LIGHT                          --Bright light represents Blanche's youthful sexual innonnce   -- Dim light represents Blanche's her sexual maturity and disillisionment 
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MOTIFS

BATHING 

  • Blance is constantal bathing herself - calms her 
  • Baths represent her efforts to cleasne herself of her past - bathing never done page 63 
  • Stanely turns to a shower after beating Stella page 33 - after he is remorsful 
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MOTIFS

DRUNKENESS 

  • Stanely and Blanche drink excessibely - Stanely drinks socially while Blanche drinks sercetly to avoid reality and to put her imagionation in flight 
  • Drinking leads to desturtive behavoir for both Stanely and Blanche 
  • Stanely - hits Stella and rapes Blanche but he is able to withdraw from his drunken escapes 
  • Blanche - leds to Blanche's departure from sainty allowing her to create fansties such as Shep Huntliegh 
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SYMBOLS

SHADOWS AND CRIES 

  • Page 79 shadows apper on wall behind Blanche (dramtic effect) 
  • Discordant noises and jungle cries occur as Blanche descends to madness 
  • These effects cambine dramatizes Blanche's final break down and departur from reality 
  • When Blanche looses her sanity, she retreats entriely to her own world 
  • Usally Blanche colours reality wit her wishes, hear she ignores reality all together 
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SYMBOLS

THE VARSOUVIANNA POLKA 

  • The song Blanche was dancing to when she lost her husband 
  • Polka music plays when Blanche is feeling remorse for Allan's death - scene 1 and 6 
  • Drives Blanche to distraction 
  • Evoks Blanche's loss of innocence -- Husband's suicide triggered her mental decline 
  • Hears music whenever she panics and loses grip on reality 
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SYMBOLS

IT'S ONLY A PAPER MOON 

  • Lyrics describe the way love turns the world into a 'phony' fanatasy     -- Song says if both lovers believed in a imagined reality then it is not 'make believe' 
  • Sums up Blanche's approch to life 
  • Believes her lies - enjoys life more because of them. And they are harmless white lies 
  • LITERARY FEATURE - Willam ironcally juxtouposes Blance's fantasical understanding of herself with Stanely's description of Blanche's real nature 
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SYMBOLS

MEAT 

  • Scene 1 - Stanely throws meat to Stella = Sexual innuendo (holding his 'meat') 
  • Hurling meat at Stella, Stanely states sexual proprietorship over Stella (can have when he wants) 
  • Stella's delight in catching 'Stanely's meat@ symbolizes her sexual infatuation with him 
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SYMBOLS

MEAT 

  • Scene 1 - Stanely throws meat to Stella = Sexual innuendo (holding his 'meat') 
  • Hurling meat at Stella, Stanely states sexual proprietorship over Stella (can have when he wants) 
  • Stella's delight in catching 'Stanely's meat@ symbolizes her sexual infatuation with him 
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