Scene Three is one of the pivotal scenes of the play. That Williams thought of it in this way is indicated by his choice of the title The Poker Party' for the third version of the play. The scene begins with extremely explicit stage directions, and one will note that Williams intends the stage to be full of bright, vivid colours - to signify the coarseness and directness of the poker players and their surroundings. The yellow linoleum, the bright green glass shade, the blue red and green of the men's shirts - all are colourful and contrasting, and this is indicative that they are impervious to subtlety and ambiguity, two of Blanche's key characteristics. She is usually seen wearing whites and pinks, and looking very soft and feminine. This will, on stage, contrast oddly with the colour and brightness around her. Williams uses this technique of colour to signify Blanche's inability to fit in with her surroundings. However, she is also seen in different colours, symbolic of what she is doing at that moment. She is usually seen in white, indicative of the purity she claims to possess. At other instances, she is dressed in a scarlet silk robe, when she is flirting with Stanley and Mitch. This is suggestive of a scarlet woman', and draws the audience's attention to Blanche's fatal flaw. When on stage together, Blanche's frilly, dainty clothes are in sharp contrast... [continues]
Cite This Essay
(2005, 07). Symbolism in a Streetcar Named Desire. StudyMode.com. Retrieved 07, 2005, from http://www.studymode.com/essays/Symbolism-In-a-Streetcar-Named-Desire-62009.html
"Symbolism in a Streetcar Named Desire" StudyMode.com. 07 2005. 2005. 07 2005 <http://www.studymode.com/essays/Symbolism-In-a-Streetcar-Named-Desire-62009.html>.
- MLA 7
"Symbolism in a Streetcar Named Desire." StudyMode.com. StudyMode.com, 07 2005. Web. 07 2005. <http://www.studymode.com/essays/Symbolism-In-a-Streetcar-Named-Desire-62009.html>.
"Symbolism in a Streetcar Named Desire." StudyMode.com. 07, 2005. Accessed 07, 2005. http://www.studymode.com/essays/Symbolism-In-a-Streetcar-Named-Desire-62009.html.