First Impressions of Blanche and Stanley in a Streetcar Named Desire

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What are your first impressions of Blanche and Stanley? Support your ideas with close reference to the text. In the first scene we see that Blanche is already a fallen woman in society’s eyes. Her family fortune and estate are gone, she lost her young husband to suicide years earlier, and she is a social exile due to her indiscrete sexual behavior. She also has a bad drinking problem, which she covers up poorly. My first impressions of Blanche are that she is a person who cares about her looks very much. We can see this when on page 7 she says, “I won’t be looked at in this merciless glare.” This suggests she has something to hide. We can also tell she has a few problems for example drinking. We can see this when in the stage directions it says “she scans the room and spots a bottle of whiskey and pours a healthy shot”. This suggests that she has to have a drink to keep calm and get a grip. Another problem she has is that she doesn’t have a grip on herself and we can see this when see bursts out at Stella for and going on a rant about all the deaths that happened while she was gone. Williams refers to her as a “moth” which suggests that she is very delicate. When she gets to the house, she is speechless at the place they live in and is surprised they don’t have a maid because Belle Reve was a big place with maids and now she lives in a 2 bedroom house. When Blanche tells Stella about her leave of absence, she tries to put a positive spin on it by saying he nerves were getting to her and that she was n the verge of lunacy. In the first scene we see Stanley as a democratic hero at the play’s start. He is loyal to his friends and passionate to his wife. Stanley possesses an animalistic physical energy that is evident in his love of work, of fighting, and of sex. His family is from Poland, and several times he expresses his outrage at being called “Polack” and other

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