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A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire

  

by Tennessee Williams

A Streetcar Named Desire Drugs and Alcohol Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Scene.Line). Every time a character talks counts as one line, even if what they say turns into a long monologue.

Quote #1

She springs up and crosses to it, and removes a whiskey bottle. She pours a half tumbler of whiskey and tosses it down. She carefully replaces the bottle and washes out the tumbler at the sink. (1.71)

Notice that drinking is essentially the first thing Blanche does in the Kowalski home…

Quote #2

BLANCHE
…Now don’t get worried, your sister hasn’t turned into a drunkard, she’s just all shaken up and hot and tired and dirty! (1.91)

Stella seems to be the only person that Blanche doesn’t attempt to conceal her alcoholism from. Why?

Quote #3

BLANCHE
No, one’s my limit. (1.111)

Blanche recognizes that her drinking threatens her reputation. This is why she tries to hide it all the time; it contradicts her Southern belle persona.

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