Streetcar Themes


Social Class

DuBois family background

  • old established 'plantation' family. members made their fortune from using slave labour to farm crops like cotton.
  • These families foundered after the South's defeat in the Civil War brought about it's economic decline.

Blanche's attitude to class

  • Disparaging about Stella's small home, expects her to have a maid.
  • astonished she married someone so lacking in refinement or culture as Stanley ('well- if you'll forgive me-he's common!' p.46, s.4)
  • Prejudice referring to him as 'polack'
  • 'sub-human' 'ape-like' (s.4)
  • Pepared to overlook Mitch's lack…


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