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A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire

by Tennessee Williams
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A Streetcar Named Desire Society and Class Quotes

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Quote #1

BLANCHE Please don’t get up. STANLEY Nobody’s going to get up, so don’t be worried. (3.3.38-9)


Here, again, we see Blanche’s ideal of the Southern gentleman contrasting with the reality of the men here in New Orleans.

Quote #2

BLANCHE That one seems – superior to the others. STELLA Yes, he is. BLANCHE I thought he had a sort of sensitive look. (3.57-9)


Blanche is actually attracted to more sensitive qualities, whereas Stella is all about Stanley’s aggressive masculinity.

Quote #3

BLANCHE It’s a French name. […] MITCH You’re French? BLANCHE We are French by extraction. Our first American ancestors were French Huguenots. (3.136-8)


Blanche seems to think her ethnic origins make her better than others. It’s a point of pride for her.

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