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A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire

  

by Tennessee Williams

A Streetcar Named Desire Society and Class 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 #4

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 #5

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 #6

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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