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This scene of A Streetcar Named Desire effectively develops the understanding and perception that the audience have of Stella and Blanches relationship while using language and imagery to illustrate the tension between Blanche and Stellas husband Stanley Stella is lying down in the bedroom Her face is serene in the early morning sunlight Pg46 The description using stage directions presents a very picturesque scene surrounding Stella however from previous knowledge we understand that Stella and Stanley have recently had an argument which resulted in Stanley attacking Stella The scene continues to be portrayed as calm and tranquil until Blanche enters the room presenting a complete contrast to Stellas actions throwing herself down beside Stella in a rush of hysterical tenderness Pg46 Here blanche is expressing her concern for her sister after what she witnessed the previous night yet Stella responds to her sister by drawing away from her and then going on to act as though nothing has happened and implying that Blanche is over reacting and dramatising the situation beyond its means After the fight with Stanley in the previous scene the audience can assume that the couple reconciled and then proceeded to sleep together he snatches the screen door and lifts her off her feet and bears her into the dark flat so when Stella draws away from Blanche in this scene it seems as though she is possibly protecting or preserving the memories and feelings of what she experienced with Stanley Stella seems to be under the influence of the narcotic drug of sex and by touching Blanche she would effectively be destroying the after-effect It is obvious to the audience throughout the play that Blanche has an exceedingly low opinion of Stanley however it is highlighted even more so in this scene between the two women as Blanche competes with Stanley for Stellas affections will he be back Pg47 Blanche is expecting and wanting him to have left permanently and attempts
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