The Streetcar Named Desied Ch.1~3

PosterĄG Julie Cheng at 9:33:31 6/2/98 from

Obviously, Blanche is quite different to Stanley and his gang. She is more cultivated and in higher class. The rest are clumsy and speak rudely, especailly Stanley; he's cruel to her. Blanche is no drunkard, but she depends on alcohol deeply, because of her hysteria. She drinks only whiskey, which is strong liquor. She tells Mitch that she hates beer. Beer is cheaper than whiskey, and the difference between Blanche, Stanley and his gang is concrete and clear. Blanche buys a paper lantern at a shop on Bourbon. I think the place is symbolic, for "Bourbon" is a kind of whiskey.
Blanche seems to be the center of this play, and it is what she's eager to be. BLanche is described as being moth-like because of her characteristics. A moth always tries to approach a light, but at the same time, it tumbles to and fro in an uncertain manner. The light is supposed to be the center of attention, and it is what she wants, but she doesn't want to stress on the differences among she and the others. She just wants to be cared and loved; she doesn't want people view her as a queer stranger.
The light also symbolizes as desire. When she and Stella are changing clothes, she stands in the light on purpose. She wants to allure men. Blanche is eager for passion of men, but at the same time, she's afraid to be hurt again. "Her delicate beauty must avoid a strong a light."(15) The light tells truth of human beings. Blanche looks elegant and well dressed, but it can be only illusion. She says, "I can't stand a naked light bulb..." She can't bear to stand under a bright spotlight, for her beauty is false. And that's why she wants Mitch to puts the paper lantern over the light bulb and makes the light faint.
In the first three plays, I observes three kinds of music. They are blues, polka and rhumba. "Blue Piano" is heard a lot. It appears when Blanche tells Stella that Belle Reve is lost, before Stella tells Stanley that they've lost Belle Reve and while Stanley tells Blanche that Stella is Pregnant. It expresses low spirit and blue mood. Polka appears when there's a strain between Blanche and Stanley while they're talkind about her dead lover. The tempo of polka is faster, and it reveals the crisis between them. Rhumba is heard when the gang is playing cards, while Blanche enchants Mitch. The music is passionate, and it fits in the atmosphere. I know nothing about polka and rhumba, but I hope I don't aim too far from the target.


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