Scene Analysis of Scene Seven of A Streetcar Named Desire Essay

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Scene Analysis of Scene Seven of A Streetcar Named Desire

As a connection to Stanley’s questioning Blanche about her affair in the “Hotel Flamingo” in Scene Five, Scene Seven starts with his revelation of Blanche’s past life in Laurel. Having “thoroughly checked on [the] stories” (187) about what Blanche has done there,
Stanley is confident to nail the “pack of lies” (186) that are used so skilfully to deceive Stella and Mitch – she has never been kissed by a fellow and she quits her job because of her poor nerves.

The competition between the two extreme, dominating powers of Blanche and Stanley is one of the main concerns in the development of the play. In Scene Seven, Tennessee Williams, the playwright of the play,
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In the scene, Williams makes use of the bathing to show us Blanche’s dependence on illusion. Through her feeling after the bath – “good and rested” (192), we know that she enjoys staying in her self-illusion and the hot tub (steam) shields her from the cruel and factual reality
– the loss of Belle Reve, her beauty, former husband, family members and her failure in her relationship with males.

The lyric of the song “It’s Only a Paper Moon” is another example of
Blanche’s dependence on her illusion. In her illusion, the outside world is “just as phony as it can be” (188). She desperately seeks for others’ agreement about what she has done and has her lies
“[made-believe] [as] [others] [believe] in [her]” (188). Despite her beautiful illusion, the outside world remains cruel to her – Stanley is actually nailing her lies while she is enjoying her hot bath. In addition, with his telling Mitch of the flaw of Blanche, we definitely know that Blanche is going to live, as described in the lyric,
“without [his] love” (187). Williams’ use of dramatic irony here presents us with the strong contrast between Blanche’s beautiful, phony illusion and the harsh, realistic outside world.

The scene plays an important role in the play as Stanley ‘regains’ his dominating power in the apartment through his cruel destruction of
Blanche’s illusion. Williams demonstrates us with Stanley’s

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