She goes after what is bad for her, sexual desires, while she claims to want security.
2.1.4 depends on men
2.1.5 afraid of mortality
2.1.6 aristocratic background
188.8.131.52 class difference
184.108.40.206.1 male-dominated society
NO: class difference does
2.2.2 New America:
2.2.3 bad amusements
2.2.4 family man
220.127.116.11 not B's
18.104.22.168.1 they share need
2.3.3 snare is sexual
after hearing about Blanche's promiscuous past Mitch feels angry and embarrased. Therefore he believes he deserves to have sex with Blanche during the rape scene, He no longer respects her enough to be his wife.
2.3.4 cares for B
3.1 1. Fantasy's inability to overcome reality
-Blanche is lying to herself and pretending to be something else.
- Stanley does everything to unravel her secrets.
OVERALL: reality is revealed.
In the last scene Williams demonstrates that fantasy is important too by letting B retreat in her own imaginary world to shield herself from the harsh blows of reality.
3.2 2. The relationship between Sex and Death
-Blanche has a fear for mortality (aging). She does not want her beauty to fade. This is expressed in her fear of light, not wanting to reveal her true age and the sex with younger men. This way she hopes to avoid death and aging and return to her world of teenage bliss.
-Her lifelong pursuit of SEXual desires have led to her eviction of Belle Reve, her ostracism from Laurel and her expulsion from society.
- Her husbands homoSEXuality leading to suicide.
- Blanche's downfall is caused by her fear of mortality and her inability to react appropriately to sexual desires.
3.3 3. Dependence on men
Stelle and Blanche both depend on men. Blanche regocnizes that Stella might be happier without Stanley but does not apply this to herself. She does not realize that her dependence on men will lead to her downfall rather than her salvation. She puts her fate in the hands of others.
4.1 1. light
Blanche avoids bright lights to cover up her fading beauty and age. To avoid reality.Her intoleration to bright light represents her grasp on reality that is nearing its end.
4.1.1 Paper lantern
B uses a paper lantern to cover bright light.
4.1.2 bright vs dim light
In scene 6 Blance says that her time with her husband and making love to him was like a bright light. Having sex with others always happened in dim light. Her past with her husband is like a bright light. The rest is dim, less fun.
4.2 2. bathing
-Bathing calms Blanche's nerves.
- It cleanses her of her past but as her past can not be erased, the bathing never ends.
- Stanleys shower after beating Stella calms him down and makes him feel remorse.
4.3 3. Drunkeness
Stanley: social drunk, during poker. He also comes out for it in the public.
Blanche: anti-social. She tries to hide it. She also drinks to withdraw from reality.
For both of them it leads to destructive behaviour. Only Stanley knows how to rebound while it partially leads to Blanche;s downfall.
5.1 1. Shadows and Cries
In Scene 10 the shadows and jungle noises add a dramatic effect to Blanche's downfall into madness.
5.2 2. Varsouviana Polka
The polka plays at moments when B is feeling remorse for Allan's death. It represents B's loss of innocence and the event that triggered her mental decline.
From the moment Blanche tells Mitch about it, it starts to play more often.
Blanche and Allan were dancing to this polka the last time she saw him alive. During their dance Blanche told him she was disgusted by him and then Allan ran off and shot himself.
5.3 3. 'It's only a paper moon'
A song that B sings in bath on her birthday. The lyrics are about how love turns into a phony fantasy. This is applicable to B's life.
5.4 4. Meat
Scene 1: Stanley throws a package of meat at Stella. This represents his sexual proprietorshiip he holds over Stella. Stella laughs and catches it. This indicates her sexual infatuation with him.
Blanche is portrayed as somewhat silly. But this makes the audience cry rather than laugh. We feel bad for her.
6.2.1 sympathetic approach
6.3 Writing style
This comes across best in his stages directions, which he makes very detailed. He doesn't hold back.
he strikes at the heart of characters with his detailed descriptions