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raping her. This sexual drive of his is not only apparent with women but also with his male friends though it is seen in a different way. He dominates his friends by winning. He is the captain of the bowling team and obsessed with poker games. The symbolism of music plays a key part in the play. The music describes a sense of death and all of the bad things Blanche has encountered. It is heard when the reality of Blanches life is staring her in the face. In fact at one point it says of Blanche that “The music is in her mind.” The blue piano playing Varsouviana music represents Blanches past. It is heard when as she explains the death of her husband. The Varsouviana polka was playing when she told her husband what a disgrace he was and when he committed Adcock 6 suicide.

Because she blames herself for her husband’s death the music symbolizes everything bad that has happened to her. The music is apparent when she is recounting the deaths of her family at Belle Reve. The music also symbolizes bad things to come. It is heard when Stanley gives her a bus ticket to go home (i.e. back to cemeteries) and when Mitch confronts her with her past. The scenes that the music is most apparent are ten and eleven. In scene ten the music is heard when Stanley is around the corner from the apartment. Because we hear the music before he is even in the apartment, Williams is setting up the scene to end in some kind of tragedy. The result will be the raping of Blanche by Stanley. In scene eleven the music is apparent just before and during the arrival of the doctor

and the matron. It is heard fading away as Blanche is escorted to the mental institution. The music is the reality of Blanches life. A reality that she has used alcohol and bathing to try and rid of it. Williams correlates the lighting with Blanche in the play. To Blanche the light represents reality, the exact thing she is trying to escape. She prefers to live in a dim, semi-dark illusionary world. Because of Blanches sensitivity to her aging looks she does not like to be seen in the bright light. An example of this is when Mitch and her are dating she only saw him at night. When Blanches notices the naked light bulb in Stanley and Stella’s room she buys a delicate Chinese lantern to soften the glare. The lantern becomes a symbol of her fragileness and can be easily destroyed,

as can Blanche. When Mitch and, later, Stanley tear the lantern from the light bulb, it is as if they are attacking Blanche herself and destroying her world of illusion. Williams also uses paper to symbolize Blanche. Like the piece of paper she carries, Adcock 7 Blanche has been fragmented, severed, torn from one world (Belle Reve) and slipped into another (Stanley’s New Orleans) (Kolin 456). Her life has been that of paper. Her trunk consists of poems from her dead husband and documents on Belle Reve. Before arriving at Stella’s, she sends her a telegram. She is seen putting a paper lantern over the light bulb, writing on tissue paper to Shep, and singing of paper moons. Ironically while she is singing of paper moons Stanley is preparing to give her walking papers out of

Elysian Fields. To some, her life has been summed up by documents. Williams uses many different actions in the play to characterize his characters. First the flirtatiousness of Blanche shows how she strives to be the center of attention. Her promiscuous nature with young men has been a means of forgiveness to her. She is seen flirting with Stanley, whom sees this as a threat. This action of hers causes him to look deeper into what she is really about. When the men are having a poker party she is seen dressing behind the curtain but with light shinning on her. The sudden eruptions of challenge during the poker parties show the need to prove their manliness, mainly Stanley’s manhood. The most prominent action in the play is the rape. The rape is the only way Stanley knows how to

destroy Blanche He uses his dominance to proclaim what is his. By doing this he feels he has won. In the last scene when Blanche is being taken away the men are playing seven card stud and ironically Stanley is winning. The play “A Streetcar Named Desire” is one that uses symbolism to help explain the true meaning of its characters. There were two main characters Stanley and Blanche whose perceptions of life were merely at conflict with one another. The various actions and the symbolic nature of Stanley and Blanche shows how their conflict could only be Adcock 8 resolved in one way, the elimination of one or the other. Williams was once quoted saying “ with out my symbols I might still be employed by the International Shoe Co. in St. Louis,” and that, “art is made out