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The Uses Williams Makes Of Setting, Dialogue, Stage Direction And Effects In Scene 6 Of A Streetcar Named Desire

686 words - 3 pages

The Uses Williams Makes of Setting, Dialogue, Stage Direction and Effects in Scene 6 of A Streetcar Named Desire

Tennessee Williams is well known for his use of extensive stage
directions to set the mood for a scene, and in A Streetcar Named
Desire this is particularly obvious in scene six. As most playwrights
do, Tennessee Williams introduces the scene with a short description
of the area and surroundings of the characters and their positions.

His description of the characters goes beyond simple descriptions,
suggesting aspects of their personality as well as their moods. For
example, he describes Blanche as having 'the utter exhaustion which
only a neurasthenic personality can know', this adds to the audiences
view of Blanche as it adds to the idea that Blanche's psyche is slowly

Williams suggests this from an early stage within the play; on
Blanche's arrival in New Orleans she is described as 'daintily
dressed' and that 'her delicate beauty must avoid strong light',
suggesting that she is fragile and easily broken, perhaps on the verge
of falling apart. Her instability is suggested through her erratic
actions and mood swings, in particular is her use of French when she
speaks to Mitch. This could be Williams' way of telling us that she
either feels or is misunderstood, and to show the difference between
her flair and intellect compared with Mitch. She voices her true
thoughts, feelings and desires in French as well, she asks Mitch to go
to bed with her even though she knows he can't understand, it is
obvious that is what she wants but she doesn't want to give him the
wrong idea about herself.

Blanche has frequent mood swings, as if she can't bear to...

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