A Streetcar Named Desire - Introduction

Read the captions for today's photos related to the play.

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    Read the captions for today's photos related to the play. In addition, use Web Research to answer the following questions using Complete Sentences.
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    Read the "Plot Overview," below, and answer the following questions using Complete Sentences.

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    Plot Overview

    The play opens in New Orleans in the 1940s at the ground-floor flat of a young couple, Stanley and Stella Kowalski. Upstairs lives another couple, Eunice and Steve. The dynamic between main characters Stella and Stanley is made immediately clear when he, clearly a gruff man, tosses a piece of meat to his wife for her to make into dinner. Gender roles anyone? Meanwhile, it’s clear that she adores him – she even tails after to watch him bowl with his friends. After both Kowalskis exit, Blanche DuBois comes onstage. She’s Stella’s older, single sister (early thirties). She’s dressed all in white, delicate, and “moth-like.” Blanche waits inside the apartment and has a shot of Stanley’s booze. When Stella comes back, the sisters reunite and Blanche reveals some bad news: their family plantation, Belle Reve, has been lost; they are bankrupt. She had a bit of a break-down, so she’s now taking some time off from her teaching position at the school (Blanche teaches high school English). She resents that she had to stay home and watch their older family members die one by one while Stella was off with Stanley. Blanche is also horrified that her sister is living in a dump like this one when they both come from such a wealthy, elite background. Blanche has another drink. (From now on, just assume Blanche is either having a drink or about to have a drink at all times.) Stella goes to the bathroom and Stanley enters, which means he and Blanche are alone for Big Sexual Tension Scene Number One. While they chat, Blanche reveals that she was married once, but her husband died. As Blanche is bathing, Stanley finds out from Stella that Belle Reve was lost. He rifles through Blanche’s things and believes that her costume jewelry and fake furs are all genuine, expensive pieces – he thinks that she sold Belle Reve and kept the profits for herself. Later, while alone with Blanche, he accuses her of this. She shows him all the papers detailing the estate and its bankruptcy, proving her story correct. Meanwhile, Blanche tries to pull her “Aren’t I so cute and pretty?” act with Stanley, and he’s having none of it . . .