Day 2

A Streetcar Named Desire Lesson Plan

Classroom Activities

  1. 1

    Hey, Stella!

    Kind of Activity:

    Comparing adaptations


    To understand an iconic moment, and to understand the role of parody


    Show the class the "Stell-lahhhh!" moment from the film version of the play starring Marlon Brando. There is no need to show the entire scene--just the iconic shirt-ripping, shout-to-the-heavens moment. (It is available on YouTube at

    Lead a discussion of this moment. Why is it so iconic? From what, aside from Brando's performance and the display of his muscles, does this scene get its power? Guide students to the realization that Stanley, the symbol of virility and manhood,...

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