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Scene 4: How does Williams make the changing relationships in the play intriguing? How does he make Blanche such complex and fascinating character?

Learning Objectives: to develop your ability to ask high-order questions; to learn how to interrogate a text in depth; to learn to use some relevant A Level Language terminology

Scene 4: How does Williams make the changing relationships in the play intriguing? How does he make Blanche such a complex and fascinating character?

Read the scene in groups and hold an in-depth discussion about it.

In your group, each person will have a specific question word to ask around the group.

TERMINOLOGY TO USE AND LEARN: Nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs; spot them and say what the EFFECT is of the noun/verb/adjective/adverb etc…

PERSON 1: What? What has happened? What makes this noun/verb/adjective/adverb/word/image particularly important/significant/dramatic? What is the text’s purpose?

PERSON 2: Why? Why is this noun/verb/adjective/adverb/word/image particularly important/significant/dramatic/telling/thought-provoking?

PERSON 3: How? How is this author making this noun/verb/adjective/adverbs particularly exciting/suspenseful/intellectually stimulating?

PERSON 4: Who? Who is the most important/significant character in the scene? Who is the audience for this text?

HOMEWORK: Answer these two questions.

How does Williams make the changing relationships in the play intriguing? How does he make Blanche such complex and fascinating character?

A Streetcar Named Desire, questions on Scene 2

Learning Objectives: to develop your independent reading skills, to learn how to work out what is going on if you are confused, to learn how to discuss literary texts in groups; to learn how Williams uses conflicts between characters to create suspense, mystery and explore certain ideas and themes.

You are going to read until the end of Scene 2 in groups and discuss each scene in turn. Double-up roles if necessary.

This scene focuses primarily on Blanche, Stanley and Stella. What conflict between the characters is revealed here? What really interests you about this scene?

When you’ve finished each scene, have a discussion about what you think of the play so far…Each member in the group has a role:

An explainer: you try your best to explain what you think is going on…
A questioner: you come up with questions to ask the group. Ask open-ended questions such as “What do you think of Blanche?”
A “quoter”: you pick and read out interesting quotes and say why you think they are interesting, asking the group what they think.
A theatre director: you discuss how might stage the play and what actors you would get to play the roles etc.

Homework: Now write your own reflections on what YOU THINK of this scene by replying down below. What do you think of the plot, the characters, the themes and the dramatic techniques? What interests you about the play? What are things you are confused by?

EXTENSION: Watch Suddenly Last Summer, another great Tennessee Williams’ play.