It would be nice to keep you, but I 've got to be good--and keep my hands off children.”(89) Blanche noticed the paper boy who came because he was a young one. She immediately started flirting with him and the reader could tell he was somewhat uncomfortable with the way Blanche had approached or pushed herself off on him. In the beginning of the play when Blanche first meets Stanley, it 's noticeable that there is the uneasy feeling when the two are around each other. “...Blanche is terrified of Stanley…”(Dace), and this is shown by the way she acts when she is around Stanley. From the very start, Blanche was never really comfortable around stanley to begin with.
As we know, when Janie had to marry Logan she gets her dreams of a beautiful and happy marriage crushed. All the dreams she had for a happily ever after was washed away with marrying him “She knew now that marriage did not make love. / Janie’s first dream was dead, so she became a woman.” And earlier we see that she felt he was “was desecrating the pear tree” but did not know how to tell her Nanny, so she just “hunched over and pouted at the floor”. So as tie goes on things go as expected and she meets someone named Jody Startks. And even though he did not meet the standard of her pear tree, he seemed like a better option than what was in her life at the moment.
The situation surrounding Allison was an example of the time period’s denial of family dysfunction. According to Elian Tyler May, a woman’s reputation is deeply tied to her sexual behavior. Constance became overwhelmed with fear that Allison would get into trouble or somehow damage their reputation. An example from Peyton Place, Allison and her friends play a kissing game at Allison’s birthday party. Constance was terrified that Allison would make the same mistake that she did and that Allison would begin to have interest in sexual activities.
Dallas then made Ben leave his house because she was so angry that he hid this secret for so long. This quote shows that since Ben concealed his secret it made him brave enough to talk to the girl of his dreams. This is just one of many things Ben did since he hid his secret from everyone in his life. Once Ben found out
In the story it says, “ ‘I know, I know. You’ve said that a hundred times,’ she snapped. ‘What did you say?’ He asked, pushing his newspaper aside.” Maria’s conflict connects to the theme of the story because she is being ungrateful towards her father and wants to grow up too fast. In the text it also says, “Maybe he would do something crazy, like crash the car on purpose, to get back at her, or fall asleep and run the car into an irrigation ditch. And it would be her fault.” This connects to theme because, Maria needs to be thankful for her family and, she is not acting very thankful according to this quote.
Holden oppresses himself when the prostitute comes over by instead of having sex with her he tells her to leave and he will still pay for her fee, this proves that Holden pretends to be a sex maniac while oppressing his sexuality. Holden also states that with all of his girlfriends he could have “given them the time” but whenever they said stop, he would, thus sating his oppression and that he thinks that sex is morally wrong at his age. “I’ve had quite a few opportunities to lose my virginity and all, but I’ve never got around to it yet” (92). This shows that Holden oppresses himself form his sexuality. All in all the main characters of both stories at one time were sexually
Stanley, Stella’s husband, was not fond of Blanche. Because of this he hires someone to look into her past to see if she was who she was saying she was. While doing so Stanley encounters the ugly truth about Blanche’s past which she had been trying so hard to hide from her sister and Mitch, a man she was seeing and hoping to get married to. Never the less when Stanley exposed who she really was to Mitch he found her unfit and too filthy to introduce to his mother so he ended things. All of that was not enough for Stanley; he wanted Blanche gone so he bought her a bus ticket for her birthday.
Stella is demonstrated to live her life consumed with illusion until the final scene of the play where, as Blanche is taken away and loses her mental stability, Stella realises the problems that she may have caused by not defending Blanche from Stanley, as she is blinded by her own illusions of her relationship Stanley. Stella lives in denial of her abusive relationship with Stanley by creating excuses and illusions that everything is fine. This is evidenced when Stella says “You’re making too much fuss”, therefore it is obvious that Stella is used to the abuse she receives from Stanley and shows to Blanche that it is a regular thing that would happen to women in New Orleans, however she creates the illusion that it is okay or that it does not happen, as she dismisses giving any information on it. This could be a portrayal of her Southern Belle
As Tish Dace writes in A Street Car Named Desire, “Streetcar’s original producer, Irene Selznick, as a woman, may have been touched by the power of double standard to dictate that Blanche’s father and grandfather could indulge in ‘epic fornications’ and Stanley could be admired for his sexual prowess, but a woman of Blanche’s class, once she has slipped off her pedestal, is fair target for rape” (Dace). Blanche’s promiscuity is the reason Mitch will not marry her and it is the reason she is banned from her hometown, while Stanley, guilty of the same crime, is not punished at all but admired for
Although this could be argued as a subtle compliment, although throughout the play this slowly progresses. This reaches a climax when he comes home intoxicated which shows that he expressed his true feelings towards Catherine, “He reaches out suddenly, draws her to him, and as she strives to free herself he kisses her on the mouth.” From the stage directions we can see that Catherine strives to be free which can be argued that she is fighting due to unwanted admiration. This scene was extremely uncomfortable for the audience to view due to realization of Eddie being her uncle. Despite many warnings from Beatrice and Alfieri, Eddie’s blindness is shown as he ignores their concerns. This was considered as a huge turning point in the play, as the action moves towards catastrophe, as his relationship with Catherine plunges from happiness to misery and culminates in his unnecessary