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Commentary On Scene Eleven Focusing On The Speech In A Streetcar Named

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Commentary on Scene Eleven focusing on the speech in A Streetcar Named
Desire

Scene Eleven in A Streetcar Named Desire is significant. It depicts a
concrete and clear view of Blanche's character and highlights the
theme of death. It, most importantly, generates the audience's
sympathy which is not depicted in the first part of the play.

The scene takes place a few weeks after the rape. This is indicated in
the stage directions: "it is some weeks later." The setting which is
presented in the scene is typical in that poker is being played by
Stanley and his friends while Stella and Eunice are conversing;
however, the mood is tense and discreet. It is also highlighted that
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Her mental disease would be as a result of the rape and as
indicated in her speech in Scene One the loss of Belle Reve. These
facts portray sympathy for Blanche and could be labeled as a tragic
heroine.

The speech plays significantly in depicting aspects of Blanche's
character. It highlights her educated and refined temperament in that
the speech is brought in a very romantic and poetic form. This formal
dialect is visible in all the significant speeches in the play. It
highlights her dramatic nature as well as her wide imagination. She
depicts the situation in a very real manner in that she "can smell the
sea air" and she describes a vivid image of a "nice-looking ship's
doctor." These facts portray her dramatizing characteristics which
again is a typical trait of Blanche. Another example of Blanche's
character which is depicted is her vanity. She tries to retain her
vanity before dying and wants to die young before losing her beauty.
Also, she wants to die in the hands of a "very young" doctor, this can
be related to her vanity and that she is concerned with it even at the
stage of death. "That unwashed grape has transported her soul to
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