Scene 3 contains one of Tennessee Williams’ most famous scenes where we see Stanley and Stella have a terrible row, resulting in Stella being hit.
Williams presents Stanley and Stella’s relationship as being complex. You need to think about how and why he does this. In order to think about Williams’ representation of their relationship, answer these questions in your groups.
What does Williams present as the causes of the row they have?
How is the conflict between Stanley and Stella provoked by Blanche’s presence?
How do Blanche and Mitch get to know each other in this scene? How does their burgeoning relationship contrast with Stella and Stanley’s one?
How and why does Stella return back to Stanley? What is Williams showing about their relationship here?
How do the stage directions represent their relationship?
What language is employed by the couple: what nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs do they commonly use? How do their registers differ?
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