A Streetcar Named Desire
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Blanche moves back into the streak of light. She raises her arms and stretches, as she moves indolently back to the chair. (3.88)
Blanche tries to use her sex appeal to gain influence over men. It’s essentially the only tool she has at her disposal. This is interesting, since Stanley’s overt masculinity is his only tool.
Blanche waltzes to the music with romantic gestures. Mitch is delighted and moves in awkward imitation like a dancing bear. (3.164)
Blanche’s subtle charms and sophistication are clearly lost on Mitch. It’s interesting that, because of the almost caricature-like nature of the awkward Mitch, the audience is inclined to side with Stella’s choice of a partner, rather than Blanche’s. This certainly complicates our reading of the play.
[with heaven-splitting violence]
[The low-tone clarinet moans. The door upstairs opens again. Stella slips down the rickety stairs in her robe. Her eyes are glistening with tears and her hair loose about her throat and shoulders. They stare at each other. Then they come together with low, animal moans. He falls to his knees on the steps and presses his face to her belly, curving a little with maternity. Her eyes go blind with tenderness as she catches his head and raises him level with her. He snatches the screen door open and lifts her off her feet and bears her into the dark flat.] (3.198)
Sex seems to be the strongest bond between Stella and her husband.