Blanche represents a deep-seated attachment to the past. He feels most strongly that she is a threat to his marriage. The complete turn-around he pulls in Scene Three from a raging, abusive drunk to a tender, loving husband certainly leaves our heads spinning. Stanley has always had authority and control of his home and also his wife Stella. Blanche is a great deal less realistic than Stanley and lives in illusions which bring upon her downfall.
Brendt Pates 4 When Blanche comes into the picture, Stella begins to stand up to Stanley like she had never before. Blanche's sign is Virgo, the virgin. In his mind, she has never been sympathetic toward him, she has ridiculed him, and earlier she had even flirted with him but has never been his. Williams uses these polar opposites the values of the different generations, and how Stella, representing society, has chosen a new way of life. In the conflict between Blanche and Stanley was it inevitable that Stanley would be the victor? All of this drives him nuts until he tosses the radio out the window and hits his wife. He has just returned from the hospital. She avoids reality, preferring to live in her own imagination.
I want to breathe quietly again. Stanley and Blanche, as individual representatives of these two worlds, show even more contrasts in their personalities. The only difference between the two, is the fact that stella has her confidant. Blanche thought men were to always be gentlemen no matter what just like in the old days. Stanley sees through Blanche and finds out the details of her past, destroying her relationship with his friend Mitch. She has lost the family home and is a bundle of nerves, drinking heavily and concealing it from Stella. To the over-sensitive person, such as Blanche, Stanley represents a holdover from the Stone Age.
From the beginning Stella and Stanley have had a strong, rigid relationship. Stanley replies that he has just seen her at the bar around the corner, having a drink. But to represent herself in such a manner seems a direct lie to the Kowalski world. The next we see of Blanche, she is preparing to leave with her millionaire, but in reality she is about to be taken to an asylum. Stanley also interacts with and discusses the paper lantern in the final scene. The audience will find itself constantly readjusting its position towards Blanche and the other characters as the play unfolds and we learn more about her story and the reasons behind her inadequacies. Stanley was born in December under Capricorn the Goat.
Stanley overhears the conversation, and terrifies Blanche by taunting her with suggestions that he knows secrets about her. She was into more old traditions than her sister. Her next step of her journey is Cemeteries, which is a symbol for death. Blanche is lost, confused, conflicted, lashing out in sexual ways, and living in her own fantasies. Desire is her first step, just as it was the first step of her life after her husband died. An intelligent and sensitive woman who values literature and the creativity of the human imagination, she is also emotionally traumatised and repressed. She blinds Stanley by her deceptive ways.
Throughout the play Stanley proves that he inflicts emotional pain on Blanche, and by not letting her forget her past and by destroying any possibility of love in her life Stanley becomes an obstacle she must attempt to overcome. The colored paper lantern is a metaphor for Blanche covering, or coloring, the truth. He must present her past life to his wife so that she can determine who is the superior person. But try to forget everything you've seen and remember that although Stanley K. Stanley needs vividness to prove his physical manhood. Even in Blanche's own mind there are conflicts of truth and lies, reality and illusion, and by the end of the play, most of these conflicts have been resolved. It is a tragic and moving play that features at number 8 on our list of.
Blanche covers the exposed lightbulb in the Kowalski apartment with a Chinese paper lantern, and she refuses to go on dates with Mitch during the daytime or to well-lit locations. These strangers weren't offering her kindness, as she deludes herself into thinking at the end of the play. One of the main themes about conflict is that Stanley and Blanche are in a battle to win Stella and neither of them will give her up. The new south inevitable overcomes the old south as times goes on just as Stanley over comes Blanche, a dying age. However, through his raw animal magnetism, he has transformed his low rank into an attractive force, convincing Stella that a relationship with someone beneath her is the right path for her.
Even when she goes on the date with Mitch, Brendt Pates 2 she is seen in the film laughing at him. I try to give that to people. They are private, not displayed for Stanley, but he finds them anyway—as he does later when he exposes her sexual past. Troubled from her past, Blanche has a sence of falseness, which increasingly becomes apparent to Stanley. The two opposing forces of Stanley and Blanche, both trying to draw Stella to their side of the battle, are constantly at odds throughout the play. In the play Williams purposefully misdirects readers by using male against female.
After their first meeting Stanley develops a strong dislike for Blanche and for everything associated with her. Conflict first arises when Blanche arrives at the Kowalski household and Stanley's authority over his home is questioned. Stella starts ordering him around in Scene Eight and telling him to clean up the table after dinner and stop eating so messily. Stella possesses the same timeworn aristocratic heritage as Blanche, but she jumped the sinking ship in her late teens and left Mississippi for New Orleans. It is Stanley who brings about the protagonists demise. He picks up her inert figure and carries her to the bed.