When Mitch tears down the lantern and turns on the bright light over her, the significance is obvious: he has torn down her last line of defense, revealing her real age and her other secrets to the world, leaving her broken and helpless. Elysian Fields is a reference to Greek Mythology; the place where worthy mortals rested after death. Oh, God, what have I done to my sister? Descriptions like this were helpful to me because I was able to clearly picture the action that was going on and did not have to depend on my own inference. As Elizabeth pointed out, these stage directions are not just ordering the characters to follow specific movements. This tells the reader that Blanche is confused and flustered. She has heavy make-up on to enhance her insecurity Characterisation Mitch has a strong accsent where as Blanche is well spoken, to show a difference in class Blanche stops lifelessly, puts her hand on the rail and turns at Mitch when going up the stairs to show her flirtacious behavior Blanche laughs forcefully and uneasily when weight is mentioned, to hide her insecurity of her apearence Blanche cries about her husband when talking about him, uses a tissue to wipe her tears away frequently, also to sort out her make-up, she also looks out of a window as if shes waiting for her husband In the same moment, Mitch acts as if he does not know what to do and seems distant Mitch does not know when to stop when he discusses weight and carrys on carelessly as Blanche blushes. By doing this she will carry her guilt as a price to be paid for the preservation of her marriage.
He reveals her past and then divulges that he has also informed Mitch of the information; which Blanche does not know, creating a scene of dramatic irony as the audience listen to Blanche fantasise about a future that will never become reality. Also the music description adds to my inference of rape. After being carried to a bed, I believe hot trumpet and drums represent chaos and violence not consensual love or a passive end to the scene. She has recently given up on her deceased family's debt-ridden estate. This was the case when it was constantly interrupting dialogue or when the tone was already clear thorough a character's words.
. The directions affect all aspects of a story. Stella notices that Blanche seems very stressed, and finally Blanche explains that after all of their older relatives passed away, she was no longer able to afford the property. As she can no longer deal with reality, she is sent to a mental asylum. She demands to know how Stella could go back and spend the night with Stanley after what he did to her.
Stella wants to help her impoverished yet snobby sister, but she knows that it won't be easy to fit Blanche into their home. It is first heard in scene one after Stanley asks about her husband, then in scene two it is heard when Blanche tells the story of her ill-fated marriage to Mitch. Blanche and her husband were dancing the polka when she lashed out at him for his homosexual behavior, and he left the dance floor and shot himself. She instead chooses to face the realistic, rational and flawed world just like how her marriage with Stanley represents. He undresses in front of her, changing out of his sweaty shirt, and thus creating the first of many moments of sexual tension.
The stage directions also aided the mood of the characters and the feeling of the setting itself. The directions affect all aspects of a story. It tells us about how their society is changing from the old aristocratic order to a new industrial, working class society and how Blanche is still stuck in the past. Blanche falls to her knees as a piano plays in the distance. The play begins with the arrival of Blanche Dubois, a woman who bears many secrets.
A Streetcar Named Desire written by is in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The year is 1947 - the same year in which the was written. This deformation of music clearly suggests the chaotic state of her mind. But then that wouldn't be much of a play, would it? She cannot believe where she has ended up, standing at her sister's rundown New Orleans door step, or determine how she got there, on a pair of streetcars named Desire and Cemeteries. The fact that the audience are able to witness more than Blanche herself causes a dramatic tension within the audience. Tennessee Williams uses very precise stage directions in A Streetcar Named Desire. The extremity of this action shows a severity of terror that would otherwise not be understood behind her exclamation.
She doesn't want to be seen in direct sunlight at least not by gentlemen callers because she longs to preserve her youth and beauty. The audience have seen Blanche lie and even admit to it, and it is tragic that at the point she tells the truth and acknowledged reality no one believes her. At first, Stanley behaves in a friendly manner; he non-judgmentally asks her if she will be staying with them. This action of covering the light so she is in part darkness suggests that she is hiding implying that Blanche would rather hide behind polite phrases and false pretences, rather than accept truth and reality. The stage directions in this play were very helpful to me as a reader in helping me not only relate to the characters but see and feel the mood of the scene as well.
It is indicated that this music should be most present in the parallel scenes of Stella's lustful reunion with Stanley in Scene 3 and Blanche's rape in Scene 9, as well as at the very beginning and end of the play, in the two moments that the Kowalskis share without Blanche in their lives. Therefore we can see that light as a stage effect plays an undeniable role in helping the spectator to understand the evolution of a character. When Blanche arrives at the apartment, her sister Stella has mixed feelings. Not knowing that Stanley is listening, Blanche holds nothing back and describes Stanley as a common, apelike, primitive brute. It sets a tone for the actor to say the lines in, usually with just one word. Because she has nowhere else to go, she is forced to move in with Stella, much to the annoyance of Stanley.
Very few plays continue to make as powerful an impact as when they were first written and performed, but Tennessee Williams' classic, A Streetcar Named Desire, is one. Blanches journey on the streetcar is an important metaphor. Williams uses symbolism to great effect within the play. But he can't get over her past. For the moment, he does not display any sign of annoyance or aggression to Blanche but that will all change by Scene Two.