A Streetcar Named Desire
January 28, 2008
The relationships in A Streetcar Named Desire are interesting. We have the relationship between Stella and Blanche, the relationship between Stella and Stanley, the relationship between Blanche and Stanley, and the aspiring relationship between Mitch and Blanche. I think that it is from these relationships, and the dialogues between these people that we get to know what kind of people they are, and how they are alike or different. From Stella and Blanche’s relationship, we can see that they are very different, yet they care a lot about each other. Stella seems a little more down to earth than Blanche, and also less judgmental. This is quite clear in the scene where Blanche comments on Stella’s apartment – this is clearly not what Blanche is used to. “Stella, there’s – only two rooms? […] Oh, you do have a bathroom! First door to the right at the top of the stairs?” Blanche and Stella are both uncomfortable with how different it is in New Orleans compared to Belle Reve. Blanche is much vainer than Stella, and she also seems to be richer. Stella is much more tough, and simple. Stella and Stanley have differences and similarities. Their love for each other is extremely strong; something that Blanche might find threatening. Even though Stanley hits Stella, she goes back to him without blinking. There is something almost animalistic about Stella and Stanley’s relationship. “They stare at each other. Then they come together with low, animal moans. He falls to his knees on the steps and presses his face to her belly, curving a little with maternity.” Stanley uses his body language to tell Stella how sorry and ashamed he is. The fact that she forgives him so easily, shows how much she care about him, no matter what. Stella and Stanley seem to be quite a lot alike, although Stanley seems more aggressive. Blanche doesn’t like Stanley. This is probably mostly because she is being protective of Stella in a “no...
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