The weather beaten belle does not adapt as well as her sister does, however. She immediately contradicts her ladylike air by downing whiskey. Blanche holds herself as a well-off young woman when her wardrobe is comprised of last season’s ensembles and costume jewelry. The over-all juxtaposition of Blanche’s idealized image of herself versus what she really is versus the environment she is introduced into creates an overall feeling of unease.
That juxtaposition comes with painfully coquettish dialogue with her brother-in-law, adding to the strangeness of the situation. Unlike her sister, Stella is not in a tragic state of denial. Stella understands how the new world is and how she must change her views and standards in order to not become a frazzled window into the past, like Blanche. Stella is the kind of women that is “excited” by violence and allows herself to be abused by her husband because the thrill of testosterone and roughness is such a change from her conservative southern roots.
Stella’s adaption to the huge changes in her life brushing up against Blanche’s sad attempts at keeping her outdated lifestyle creates tension in the way of tears and, on Blanche’s part, in step lower into insanity. And then there is Stanley, the man of the house. Williams made Stan into a caricature of a young, gruff immigrant. As the story progresses he almost becomes “sub-human” as Blanche calls him. The best example that the reader can get of Stanley Kowalski comes from scene eight. “That’s how I’ll clear the table! Stanley barks after throwing his plate to the floor. “Remember what Huey Long said – ‘every man is a king’ –and I am the king around here, so don’t forget it! ” He raises his voice, throws things, hurts his wife, and rapes his sister-in-law. Stanley asserts his masculinity in dark, evil ways, contributing to the overall darkness of the play. All three of the main characters are exaggerations. The over-blown truths that they represent are what brings the play along its descent into rock bottom that the last scene is.
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