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Williams creates dramatic tension in A Streetcar Named Desire through the interactions between the important characters in the play such as the conflict between Blanche and Stanley and their contrasting styles of communication The first instance of this occurs in the second scene Blanche is bathing whilst Stanley questions Stella about the loss of Belle Reve referring to the so-called Napoleonic code As an audience we sense the tension being created when he says And I dont like to be swindled We see Stanleys aggressive nature and his increasing anger towards Blanche through his actions and words Open your eyes to this stuff When Stella cries Dont be such an idiot Stanley he becomes even more enraged he hurls the furs to the daybed and he kicks the trunk Tension is created here and as an audience we sense the drama that is about to come The atmosphere is tense and as Blanche comes out of the bathroom antithetically airily the contrast between Stanley and Blanche becomes apparent and the unease is developed further Although Williams successfully achieves dramatic tension in the play he does not use Acts but divides the play into eleven scenes perhaps because he was unable to sustain dramatic tension for the length of a conventional Act However as with all of the scenes in the play this scene leads to a natural dramatic climax Blanche talks casually with Stanley whos increasing fury is illustrated in the stage direction with a smouldering look Finally the tension is released by Stanley booming Now lets cut the re-bop This dramatic cry and instantaneous discharge of tension shocks the audience but Blanche appears unmoved speaking lightly My but you have an impressive judicial air and acting playfully towards Stanley Her contrasting manner further infuriates him again resulting in a build up of tension However as Stanley appreciates the tragic loss of Belle Revebecoming somewhat sheepish he allows the conversation and the audiences attention to
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