A Streetcar Named Desire Quotes by Tennessee Williams
A Streetcar Named Desire Quotes and Analysis
I can't stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action. This line clearly sets up the key theme of illusion vs reality. Blanche takes the naked truth - the stark bare lightbulb, the rude remark - and dresses it up prettily to make everyone happier and everything easier. That she speaks of talk and action as analogous to a lightbulb shows that she considers the remedy for uncouth behavior and appearance to be a paper lantern, an external cover, rather than a change from within. During Stanley's tantrum at the poker game, Mitch twice remarks that women and poker are a bad mix. This characterizes Mitch as someone who believes women are soft and gentle and should be protected from the roughness of poker. But it also shows that he doesn't blame the individual - Stanley - for his actions, but instead blames the poker game, as though the testosterone stirred up were unavoidable and necessary.
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They told me to take a street-car named Desire, and transfer to one called Cemeteries, and ride six blocks and get off at—Elysian Fields! The neighborhood she arrives in is seedy but also exciting, with heated, sexual tension in the air… more words in this explanation. Unlock explanations and citation info for this and every other A Streetcar Named Desire quote. Sit there and stare at me, thinking I let the place go? I let the place go? Where were you! In bed with your—Polack!
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Quote Analysis. A Streetcar Named Desire. You can't have forgotten that much of our bringing up, Stella, that you just suppose that any part of a gentleman's in his nature! Not one particle, no! Oh, if he was just--ordinary! Just plain--but good and wholesome, but--no.