Streetcar Assignment AP Lit
By conegrace, Updated
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I am Blanche. The feministic qualities during the 1940's is presented through my character. "They told me to take a street-car named Desire, and then transfer to one called Cemeteries and ride six blocks and get off at--Elysian Fields!
All right. Cards on the table. That suits me. I know I fib a good deal. After all, a woman's charm is fifty percent illusion, but when a thing is important I tell the truth, and this is the truth: I haven't cheated my sister or you or anyone else as long as I have lived.
If I didn't know that you was my wife's sister I'd get ideas about you!
Through this scene, viewers can conclude that often times women feel the need to impress any man. Blanche will meet numerous men as well as her brother-in-law, who she will want to impress and viewers learn about her insecure persona and her inner conflicts she has with herself.
Oh! So you want some rough-house! All right, let's have some rough-house! Tiger--tiger! Drop the bottle top! Drop it! We've had this date with each other from the beginning!
Stay back! Don't you come toward me another step or I'll--
This scene led to a tragic event for Blanche, creating a misfortunate ending for her. When Blanche addresses the occurrence to Stella, she does not believe her because of her past. During this era, the belief of a man was taken much more seriously than that of a woman. No matter what Blanche was going to do, there was never a chance that people would believe her story.
In both of these scenes viewers can see the conflicting relationship between a man and a woman throughout the play. Blanche being the premissquous woman she is, and Stanley being the stubborn man he is lead to the inevitable acts of how Blanche is treated. The roles of women during this time mostly consisted of the dependency upon a man. Due to their role, the actions taken upon Blanche is what led to her "success" in her world--her dependency is the only thing she knew how to do.
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