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A Student Study Guide To A Streetcar Named Desire

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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?