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Tennessee Williams relies heavily on symbolism throughout his play A Streetcar Named Desire Three types of symbolism he uses are dialog lighting and manipulating music Each type contributes to the way that the story unfolds The symbolism creates different elements such as drama suspense and irony Tennessee Williams uses dialog to show symbolism Throughout the play animals and barbaric creatures are used in speech to symbolize Stanley In scene four of the play Blanche makes a speech about how cruel Stanley is to Stella trying to convince Stella to leave him In this speech she says He acts like an animal has an animals habits Eats like one moves like one talks like one Theres even something--sub-human--something not quite to the stage of humanity yet Yes something--ape-like about him like one of those pictures Ive seen in anthropological studies p 72 Little does Blanche know but Stanley hears a great deal of her conversation with Stella including that speech It makes Stanley angry when Blanche refers to him as an animal but later in the story when Stella calls him a pig Stanley goes crazy throws his plate and cup to the floor and lectures the two women Stanley realizes that Stella has been around Blanche too long and that she is picking up some of her bad habits To fix his problem Stanley buys her a ticket to go back to where she came from and forces Blanche to leave his home The way that Stanley acts in this scene increases the drama of the play immensely It makes the audience feel sorry for Stella because her sister and her husband despise each other yet she loves them both greatly Another way that Williams uses symbolism during the play is in the lighting Stanley realizes that almost everything Blanche has told him is a lie Blanche appears to be trying to hide from her lies in the darkness This is symbolic of Blanches fear
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