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.
Stop it. Let go of that broom. I won’t have you cleaning up for him!
Then who’s going to do it? Are you?
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…
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.
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.