Scene One of A Streetcar Named Desire Essay

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Scene One of A Streetcar Named Desire

What is the dramatic significance of scene one of the play A Streetcar named Desire?

Scene 1 of this play has great dramatic significance. In this essay, I will be looking at key points throughout the scene that reveal the key features of the plot, characters, theme and imagery plus how it is used to give the audience a taster for what is to come.

Scene one is set in New Orleans, I feel this is used because in peoples mind beforehand it has a strong emotional presence and is often associated with many types of genres such as music. Sight and smell are often used in plays to help people get a sense of atmosphere and this is no exception. Cleverly as always to make something stand
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Stanley does not fall for her intimidating and self - pitying ways from the death of her husband and the lies of her wealth, the use of polka is premeditated to knowingly be brought to the audience that only they and Blanche hear it due to her change in mood and actions. The contrast between Stanley and Blanche is immediate, due to their opposition of childhood backgrounds, Blanche coming from an aristocratic background to the less well off Stanley who is a relaxed man with strong beliefs and up until the arrival of
Blanche he knew the true meaning of living(loving and caring for those you love) which when Blanche arrived made him take out his stress on

There is already a lot of things to take in for the audience, even though it can be broken down quite simply, they soon realise the contrasting opposites of Blanche and Stanley and the current and future rifts it is likely to cause between Stanley and Stella. We see that Stella is becoming the middle-link between these two characters.

On top of the contrast between Stanley and Stella there is now an extra aspect of Blanche’s true deception. This is first shown when
Blanche, who is offered whiskey from Stanley, comments that she does not like to touch a glass, even though the audience have clearly seen her drink a glass alone while Stanley is not in the room. They realise her misleading self – I say this
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