Blanche and Stanley ways of speech and their character
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The nuances of speech set the characters in their class context and show the differences of social status and education as well as of character. In A Streetcar Named Desire the very marked differences between Stanley and Blanche are stressed by Stanley's non-grammatical, coarse, often slangy speech as against Blanche's high-flown rhetoric which often rings false (as it is meant to), and never lets us forget that she was a teacher of English. At times there is a lyrical quality in her words, emphasising their emotional content.