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A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire

by Tennessee Williams

Society and Class Quotes

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Quote #7

BLANCHE
Stop it. Let go of that broom. I won’t have you cleaning up for him!
STELLA
Then who’s going to do it? Are you?
BLANCHE
I? I!
STELLA
No, I didn’t think so. (4.44-7)

Blanche somehow manages to maintain her superior air while staying as a penniless guest in her sister’s already cramped apartment. This just speaks to the power of denial…

Quote #8

STANLEY
That’s how I’ll clear the table! [He seizes her arm.] Don’t ever talk that way to me! "Pig – Polack – disgusting – vulgar – greasy!" – them kind of words have been on your tongue and your sister’s too much around here! What do you think you two are? A pair of queens? Remember what Huey Long said – "Every Man is a King!" And I am the King around here, so don’t forget it! (8.14)

Many critics have pointed out that Stanley represents the new America – land of opportunity and equality – as opposed to Blanche’s more archaic ideals. Again, this complicates our understanding of his character and any blanket categorization of him as a mere villain.

Quote #9

STANLEY
You showed me the snapshot of the place with the columns and how you loved it. (8.55)

Stella’s attraction to Stanley is about more than just his intense masculinity – Stella was in part running away from her home and background by marrying him. It is as much about escape as anything else.

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