A Streetcar Named Desire


- How does the play reveal violence and antagonistic behaviour?
- Who is affected by this behaviour and in what ways?
- How does this violence progress throughout the play and change the course of action?

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The dialogue throughout the play is antagonistic and cruel. Stanley is cruel to his wife, Blanche's words are cruel to everyone. And even Mitch's words serve to do damage to Blanche whether purposefully or intentionally.

Stanley is both mentally and physically abusive to his wife and her sister. His most violent actions are inflicted upon his sister-in-law.

Violence increases throughout the play. What begins as a wordplay escalates into physical action... the final action being the rape of a troubled woman.


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