Poster¡G Esther Wu at 13:8:26 6/2/98 from c550-13.svdcc.fju.edu.tw
|JOURNAL FOR DRAMA 1
This drama, by Tennessee Williams, reflects the idea of people's seeking desire, no matter desire for sex (Stanley, Stella, and probably Blanche, and Eunice), protection (Stella, Stanley, Eunice, and probably Stanley's friends), dependency (the sisters---Stella and Blanche), money (Stanley and Blanche), having children (Stella and Stanley), and comfortableness (Stella and Blanche). Let's discuss about the first 4 chapters.
Stanley is the person impressed me most in the beginning of the novel. He is rude and uneducated. And the reaction between he and Stella is weird to me. He never calls her "my wife", instead, he always shouted "Stella!" He is violent whenever he's drunk, and Stella is used to his mad behavior! She said to Blanche, trying to ease her nerve and tense between Blanche and Stanley, "¡Kwhen men are drinking and playing poker anything will happen. It's always a power-keg. He didn't know what he was doing¡KHe was as good as a lamb when I came back and he's really very, very ashamed of himself." Stanley is a material guy and judges woman "only" through their figure, measures, or appearance. He's frivolous and playful, in my opinion that the scene he flirts with Blanche (P41) and later at the end he rapes Blanche give me an idea that he is not at all a physically faithful man and considerate to his wife Stella. He judges money, wealth, more than any other person in the first 4 scenes---I don't know if someone does more than Stanley does---that he got very angry about the lost of Belle Reve with Blanche that he hurls the furs, jerks the drawer, pulls up costume jewelry, and kicks the trunk (P36). It is not a polite way to treat others, especially the sister-in-law. So there we find he can't control his temper and he doesn't want to.
And I want to analyze a bit about the card motif and the symbolic meaning of bowling in the novel. Stanley and his friends like to play bowling---at least Stanley does, and in my opinion, they seem not to have a formal job, or their might belong to the labor class, which we call the blue shirt class. This background represents the characteristics of those guys that they may be rude, impolite, directly in contrast to those in Belle Reve---polite gentlemen. That's also a reason Stella thought Blanche might feel uncomfortable when seeing them, and so did she. So the cards in this drama represents the uncertainty of the life in New Orleans, in my opinion, because you know nothing about this game, if you're gonna win or lose, and so does the next game, next next game, future games. This won't happen in Belle Reve since the life there is so well being and stable that they'll never starve to die. Stella is used to this form of life, this way of living, because she had found her prince charming in her life that she can't live without Stanley. We'll talk about this in the next journal. And as for the bowling game, I think it present an idea of smashing in their life---it's the same with cards motif. What I mean is, in this kind of area, you gotta survive for yourself or you'll be just kicked out of here because of the reason of economic and something else. In conclusion, the bowling and card images give me the more clear background of the life in New Orleans, the place where Stella and Stanley live, and where this drama takes place.
As for some minor characters in this drama, let's start with Eunice. She's the one who appears not very often in the first 4 chapters. She is talking with the black woman, and making fun of Stella's catching the meat---which gives us a sexual symbol, which means that Stella is obedient toward her husband Stanley about what's done between women and men in the dark. And she (Eunice) appears in chapter 3 again, being as a shelter of Stella after she was hit and beaten by Stanley. And I'm quite curious about the role of the black women in this drama. Maybe Tennessee Williams wanted to provide something about the discrimination toward the black--- but to be honest--- so far I still can't any scene about that concept.
Another important scene in the end of chapter 2 that Stanley told Blanche that Stella is pregnant and is gonna have a baby. The reaction of Blanche toward this news is being so excited. And the sentence she said is worth thinking: "Oh, I guess he's just not the type that goes for jasmine perfume, (she said that because she looks down upon Stanley and don't expect much about his children) but maybe he's what we need to mix with our blood now that we've lost Belle Reve." That means she seems to compromise with reality though she doesn't want to anymore. She admits the truth and fact that Stanley's characteristic can help sisters with getting back Belle Reve.
All right, I'll stop here. See ya next journal!
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