A Streetcar Named Desire
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Why on our wedding night – soon as we came in here – he snatched off one of my slippers and rushed about the place smashing the light-bulbs with it.
And you – you let him? Didn’t run, didn’t scream?
I was – sort of – thrilled by it. (4.18-22)
There is definitely an undercurrent of sexuality to Stanley’s violent aggression – and one that Stella finds very attractive.
But there are things that happen between a man and a woman in the dark – that sort of make everything else seem – unimportant. [Pause]
What you are talking about is brutal desire – just – Desire! – the name of that rattle-trap street-car that bans through the Quarter, up one old narrow street and down another… (4.103-4)
It’s interesting that Blanche seems to identify lust as a vulgar, common emotion, considering that she is guilty of it herself.
Well you do, honey lamb! Come here. I want to kiss you, just once, softly and sweetly on your mouth! (5.116)
One of the most fascinating aspects of Streetcar is the tension between Blanche’s Southern belle demeanor and what is obviously a very sexual and very hidden self.