A Streetcar Named Desire Commentary

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This passage shows Blanche’s opinion of Stanley’s barbarism through use of diction and allusion of God and Bible. Also, Mr. Williams focuses on the uses of repetition and simile in order to emphasize the theme extensively. Use of punctuation emphasizes an underlying theme of Blanche’s fear towards Stanley. The tone of Blanche sounds disgusted and scared of Stanley, with exclamation marks to highlight her intentions to degrade Stanley for all of her sentences. There are also dashes to emphasize her unstable status after the horrifying experience from the day before showing that she is scared. The theme of barbarism is clearly shown here with her use of diction. Right from the start to describe Stanley, she uses the word animal to describe Stanley. Also she uses words such as “survivor of stone age” and “apes” which describes characteristics of Stanley to be unmannered. Not only does Blanche use harsh nouns to show theme of Stanley’s barbarism but the uses of verbs also emphasize the theme of barbarism. The verbs are very rough words such as grunting and gnawing. She also uses allusions of Bible as well as history to support how “barbaric” Stanley Kowalski is. In the beginning of the second half of the passage, Blanche mentions being made in God’s image. Blanche also explains that there has been progress towards humans being made in God’s image, with the exception of Stanley and his friends. Although she does not mention straightforwardly that Stanley is farther from being made in God’s image, her tone of voice and the way she speaks indicates that the progress towards being made in God’s image does not include Stanley and his friends. Also, she mentions anthropological studies, the studies of humanity. By mentioning the anthropological studies, she describes the history of evolution of humans and how Stanley looks similar to one of those historical sub-humans.
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