Streetcar key quotes - Scenes 8-11

Sofia Henderson
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A level English Literature (A Streetcar Named Desire) Mind Map on Streetcar key quotes - Scenes 8-11, created by Sofia Henderson on 02/15/2017.

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Streetcar key quotes - Scenes 8-11
1 Scene Eight
1.1 p.76: 'fading gradually into a still-golden dusk', 'A torch of sunlight blazes', 'pierced by pin-points of lighted windows'
1.1.1 Juxtaposition between SFs of softness - 'fading', 'golden' and violence - 'torch', 'blazes', 'pierced'
1.1.2 Emphasises the fact the play is heading towards tragedy - still trying to hang onto 'still-golden dusk' with birthday cake, but light is 'fading' like Blanche's youth
1.2 p.76: 'Remember what Huey Long said - 'Every man is a King!''
1.2.1 Out of context - Huey Long, a left-wing US politician and campaigner for equality, was making point that not every man is equal during the 1930s Depression
1.2.2 Suggests Stanley's unintelligence (use of humour), or could be example of him manipulating situation to his own advantage
1.3 p.78-9: 'It's gonna be alright after she goes', 'It's gonna be alright again between you and me the way it always was', 'it's gonna be so sweet when we can... get the coloured lights going'
1.3.1 Stella does not reply - it'll be 'alright' for him, because everything is for his pleasure'
1.3.2 Animalistic/primitive desire for sex
1.4 p.79: 'candles burn out in little boys' and girls' eyes...'
1.4.1 Use of motif of light - 'candles' represent life in the Church, symbolising her fading youth/life
1.4.2 Obsession with youth and innocence because of the corruption of this in her life
1.5 p.80: 'Sister Blanche, I've got a little birthday remembrance for you', 'Oh, have you, Stanley?'
1.6 p.80: 'The 'Varsouviana' music steals in softly... Stella rises abruptly and turns her back'
1.7 p.81: 'as a girl', 'tender and trusting' 'people like you abused her, and forced her to change'
1.8 p.81: 'I was common as dirt', 'I pulled you down off them columns and how you loved it'
1.9 p.82: '[quietly] Take me to the hospital'
2 Scene Nine
2.1 p.83: 'Blanche is seated in a tense hunched position', 'She has on her scarlet satin robe', 'The music is in her mind; she is drinking to escape it and the sense of disaster closing in on her'
2.2 p.84: 'I forgive you because it's such a relief to see you'
2.3 p.85: 'I can't hear what you're saying', 'Oh yes - liquor!'
2.4 p.86: 'I don't think I've ever seen you in the light'
2.5 p.86 'fearfully', 'He tears the paper lantern off the light-bulb'
2.6 p.86: 'I don't want realism', 'I'll tell you what I want. Magic!'
2.7 p.87: 'The Tarantula Arms', 'That's where I brought my victims', intimacies with strangers was all I seemed able to fill my empty heart with ...'
2.8 p.87-8: 'My youth was suddenly gone up the water spout, and - I met you', 'you seemed to be gentle - a cleft in the rock of the world that I could hide in!'
2.9 p.88: 'I didn't lie in my heart'
2.10 p.88: 'I - lived in a house where dying old women remembered their dead men', 'Flores para los muertos'
2.11 p.89: 'The opposite is desire'
2.12 p.89: 'fumbling to embrace her', 'I don't think I want to marry you any more', 'You're not clean enough to bring in the house with my mother'
2.13 p.89: 'Get out of here quick before I start screaming fire!', 'Her throat is tightening with hysteria'
3 Scene Ten
3.1 p.90: 'she has decked herself out in a somewhat soiled and crumpled white satin evening gown and a pair of scuffed silver slippers with brilliants set in their heels'
3.2 p.90: 'She catches her breath and slams the mirror face down with such violence that the glass cracks'
3.3 p.91: 'It goes to show, you never know what is coming'
3.4 p.92: 'Shall we bury the hatchet and make it a loving-cup?'
3.5 p.93: 'This man is a gentleman and respects me'
3.6 p.93: 'Physical beauty is passing... But beauty of the mind and richness of the spirit and tenderness of the heart... Increase with the years!'
3.7 p.94: 'Lurid reflections appear on the walls', 'a grotesque and menacing form' 'The night is filmed with inhuman voices like cries in a jungle', 'move sinuously as flames'
3.8 p.96: 'Caught in a trap' / p.97: 'biting his tongue which protrudes between his lips', 'softly'
3.9 p.98: 'We've had this date with each other from the beginning!'
4 Scene Eleven
4.1 p.98: 'the atmosphere... the same raw, lurid one of the disastrous poker night', 'men are callous things with no feelings'
4.2 p.99: 'sky of turquoise', 'artificial violets'
4.3 p.99: 'I couldn't believe her story and go on living with Stanley'
4.4 p.102: 'The rest of my time I'm going to spend on the sea', 'I'll be buried at sea sewn up in a clean white sack and dropped overboard - at noon - in the blaze of summer - and into an ocean as blue as my first lover's eyes!'
4.5 p.104: 'no sound but that of Stanley steadily shuffling the cards'
4.6 p.105: 'She cries out as if the lantern was herself'
4.7 p.105: 'Oh, God, what have I done to my sister?', 'the only thing you could do', 'there wasn't no other place for her to go'
4.8 p.106: 'You! You done this', 'I'll kill you!', 'Mitch collapses at the table, sobbing'
4.9 p.107: 'His fingers find the opening of her blouse'
4.10 p.107: 'This game is seven-card stud'
4.10.1 Blanche symbolises the original 'five-stud' game, as she is old-fashioned, haunted by her past and unable to move on
4.10.2 Stanley symbolises the new 'seven-stud' game, as he is constantly looking forward - indicates he has 'won' the 'game'
4.10.3 Suggests that men play games with women for their own enjoyment, without caring about the consequences
4.10.4 'Stud' connotes male dominance
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