Professor Anne Dewey
2 July 2014
Eunice in A Streetcar Named Desire
In Tennessee Williams A Streetcar Named Desire he creates many minor characters that have a huge underlying significance in the plot. All of the minor characters have huge impacts on Stella, Stanley, and Blanche, all of whom are main characters. Eunice is both Stella’s friend and neighbor who often helps Stella when the going gets rough. Not only is Eunice very helpful, her relationship with her husband Steve gives us an understanding of the neighborhood and relationship between couples in general. In most aspects Eunice is actually quite similar to Stella and in fact Eunice is a close representation of what society was like at the time.
We first see Eunice in the very first scene of the play. As Blanche walks up to Stella’s house, Eunice is on the porch and right from the start the audience can observe her genuine kindness with the southern comfort that she provides to Blanche. Blanche assumed she had been lost when she in fact had found the correct house and Eunice informs her of this. Blanche asked, “This-can this be-her home?” (Williams 6) and Eunice responds politely with “She’s got the downstairs here and I got the up” (Williams 7). Eunice then proceeds to let Blanche into the house and advises her to sit down “why don’t you set down?” because she assumed Blanche had been tired. After this scene you don’t see Eunice for a while but her kind-heartedness is made very evident.
As the play progresses we even begin to see how similar Eunice is to Stella. Eunice’s relationship with her husband Steve is extremely similar to Eunice and Stanley’s relationship. Actually the two relationships are almost identical. Just like Stella, Eunice is also physically beaten by her husband. In scene five there seems to be some ruckus taking place up in Eunice’s flat and you soon hear Eunice scream at Steve “You hit me! I’m gonna call the police!” (Williams 86). But...
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