PosterĄG Cicily at 12:29:36 6/8/98 from c550-18.svdcc.fju.edu.tw
A Streetcar Named Desire
1. The relationship between Stella and Stanley:
Stella has the same background as Blanche. She comes from the southern America. She was taught to be a lady-like woman. However, Stella and Blanche are both pursuing the desire in love. Fortunately, Stella finds Stanley. Nevertheless, Blanche lost her husband and child. Hence, Blanche will release her desire by flirting with men.
We can say that Stella has sensual desire toward Stanley. Before Blanche came to their home, she had a wonderful life with Stanley. However, Blanche's arrival becomes a strong threat to Stella and Stanley. Stella struggles between her original thought, background and the reality. In the scene four, Blanche persuades Stella to leave Stanley. And we can know that Stella hesitates. Because it said, " who has listened gravely to Blanche." However, the following describes, " Stella has embraced him with both arms, fiercely, and full in the view of Blanche." Hence, when Stella should choose between Blanche and Stanley. She chooses Stanley. We can say that she chooses the brutish desire and give up the chances to have a better life.
We can even compare the relationship between Stella and Stanley to Steve and Eunice. There are always have fight between these two couples. However, they always maintain good relations in a very short time. For example, Stanley beats Stella. Nevertheless, they still make love at that night. Steve and Eunice have similar situation. Yet, there are still have some differences between these two couples. Because the interference of Blanche, Stella shares the opinion from Blanche. She has the same background and views as Blanche. Consequently, she can't endure so much violent behaviors from Stanley. For example, she ran to Eunice's house when Stanley beats her. She hates Stanley joke to her in front of other people. She against Stanley because she want to support her sister.
Meanwhile, Stanley also feels threatened because of Blanche. So he will give the ticket to Blanche at the end. He tries his best to expel Blanche. Although Stanley is brutish, he really loves and needs Stella. Hence, he tries his best to protect his marriage.
2. The relationship between Blanche and Stanley:
In the scene two, we can know that Blanche was flirting to Stanley. However, I think it's just a way she treats to men. She just wants to make friends with him. Or she wants to be more familiar with him. However, we can see the relationship between Stanley and Blanche are always very tense.
Stanley always wants to know the truth of Blanche's past. He even tells Mitch the truth about Blanche. Because he afraid that Blanche will take away Stella, he looks Blanche as a dangerous intruder.
In the scene four, Blanche persuade Stella to leave Stanley. She clearly points out the difference between the old Southern values and the ugly world, which Stanley inhabits. She said, " Stanley Kowalski, survivor of the Stone Age!" " Such things as art - as poetry and music - such kinds of new light have come into the world since then!"
In the last scene, it said, " Stanley crosses to dressing table and seizes the paper lantern, tearing it off the light bulb, and extends it toward her." " She cries out as if the lantern was herself." Here we can say that Blanche likes the paper lantern. She is so weak. However, Stanley likes the naked bulb. He always seeks for the truth and reveals the truth in front of him. On the other hand, Blanche cannot face the hard light. We can say that she cannot face the light of Stanley's reality.
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