Category Archives: Scene 2

Questions to answer on Scene 2

 


 

Why is Stella reluctant to tell Blanche about being pregnant?

What do we learn about Stella and Blanche’s relationship in this scene?

How important are the stage directions in this scene?

How does Williams generate mystery around the character of Blanche in this scene?

What do we learn about Stella and Stanley’s relationship in the scene?

How does Williams use nouns, verbs and adjectives in the scene to create a sense of the characters, generate interest and colour?

What topics of conversation are coming up again and again? Why is this?

What do you think will happen next?

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A useful revision PowerPoint on A Streetcar Named Desire…

A Student Study Guide To A Streetcar Named Desire

Powerpoints on the early scenes in the play.

Having read the first three scenes, look at these PowerPoints not only to help you understand the play, but also to critique them. How helpful are they? Do you agree with the points they make? Would you make others?

Respond below.

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.