Then the author uses the word “magic” to describe puberty as if it is something spectacular. Once puberty occurs the girl is accused of having a “great big nose and fat legs” which are looked down at in modern society. Even though she is also acknowledged as “healthy” and “tested intelligent” which is something most try and fail to achieve she goes around “apologizing” for her looks. This plainly demonstrates negative peer pressure since all she can focus on is the negative aspects of her life and no matter how she good she is in everything else “everyone saw a fat nose on thick legs”. Some advised her to “play coy” a trait many girls go by while others told her to be “hearty”, fit in with the boys, neither of these were her.
In the words of the playwright on whose work this film is based, Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire is a story of “the ravishment of the tender, the sensitive, the delicate, by the savage and brutal forces of modern society.” Told through the interactions of the two main characters, Blanche Du Bois and Stanley Kowalski, it is the tragic recounting of the repercussions of the social tension that existed between the representatives of the declining traditions of the Old South (where class, race and social status were all important) and the capitalistic system of the New South (where all men are considered equal). The film employs excellent use of Aristotle’s six elements of drama i.e. plot, characters, theme, dialogue, rhythm and spectacle (through film techniques) to skilfully convey these circumstances. The excellent combination of these elements has lead to great critical acclaim and the film winning four academy awards. The message of A Streetcar Named Desire is essentially conveyed through the interplay of the two main characters, Blanche Du Bois, a middle-aged woman from Mississippi, and her sister’s husband, Stanley Kowalski, along with supporting cast members Stella, Blanche’s sister (with whom Blanche goes to live) and Stanley’s friend, Mitch.
A streetcar named desire is a play with elements of tragedy, pathos and suspense as well. Tennessee Williams uses various tones for the plat in the opening scenes. He does it through the characters of Stella, Stanley and especially Blanche. The blue piano playing throughout the play is used to convey the sad moments in Blanche’s life. There are critical moments in the play and it usually occurs when Blanche fell apart.
She often depends of men to lean on and protect her. She understands that sexual freedom does not fit the pattern of chaste behavior, which Blanche would be expected to conform. Characters: In the beginning of the play, Blanche Du Bois presents herself with an air of poise and elegance. However as the story progresses, Blanche, who is psychologically deluded about her beauty and attractiveness, reveals herself to be a neurotic and an alcoholic. Her flirtatious desires are split from her surface talk and behavior.
Not only does she try to impress everyone with her appearance but she also goes along with Char, and gets in trouble because she has no ability to say no and walk away. Maleeka takes the blame at first, but towards the end of the novel she gets her courage and tells on Char. She finally finds herself and realizes she is beautiful without Chars expensive clothing. She also realized she doesn’t need to stick out; she just needs to be herself. In the end Maleeka and Caleb are backed together and Maleeka is friends with Miss Saunders.
The ideal of beauty has become a form of oppression by men and also self-oppression. This makes women feel inferior because they can never achieve the perfect image. Women are always disapproving every part of their bodies, scrutinizing every imperfection. Women are looked at by the different parts of their bodies while men are looked at as a whole. For example, the word “butterface”, which means overall the woman is attractive “but her face”.
She looks down on most people and expects the Inspector to treat her with the upmost respect she often treats the Inspector as inferior. Sheila the young pretty daughter, she is for filling her father’s dream of becoming upper-class by marrying an upper-class man Gerald. She is deeply affected by Eva Smith’s death she is initially very naive to suggest that someone can drink disinfectant by accident “Oh- how horrible! Was it an accident?” however later on she shows her own jealousy and bad temper causing Eva Smith to lose he jobs but she always accepts responsibility this reflects Priestley’s faith in the new generation that it will be filled with young socialist caring people who work
Repetition of three words, 'I,I,I' and 'saw,saw,saw' could be to represent nervousness, to show blanche's anxious jumpy nature, makes the audience question why she is so damaged. It has something to do with death. Also the repetition of certain words in topics of conversation, such as funeral, the use of those constantly being repeated and emphasised. Almost childish "trying to wind her sister up" shows a childish side to her, slightly mean side. Repeats Stella's name, could be as not to loose her trip on reality or loose her sanity, amongst her painful recollections from belle reve.
After Stanley leaves for the Four Deuces, but he says, “Not in front of your sister”(P.78). Blanche nervously asks Stella what people have been saying about her. She begins to confess that she was not always so good when she was under the stress of lossing the Belle Reve. She begins to talk frank of being soft and growing old and worrying that she no longer has what it takes to “turn the
In response to those events, their actions caused them further grief, resulting in a life of turmoil and death. Mathilde Loisel “was one of those pretty and charming girls” (Maupassant 38) born into a family of clerks. She wasn’t an extravagant dresser but her beauty was enough to catch even the richest mans attention. She was very discontent with her position in life and felt as if she deserved the finer things. She would daydream of fancy dinners, shinning silverware and delicate furniture.