Symbolism in Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams by MikeJenny

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									                                                  Symbolism in “A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams

Directions: For each of the following symbols, include any and all examples (Quotations) that support the importance of the
symbol. You must explain how the significance of the symbol is shown in the play. All quotes must include MLA citations.

SCENE 1
Symbol Quotation                                         Citation                 Explanation of Significance
Light: truth and youth                                   Example: (Williams 13)   Analysis
“Her delicate beauty must avoid a strong light”          (Williams 15)            This quote shows Blanche hiding from the light; which could
                                                                                  represent that she is hiding the truth… in denial over something?




Bathing: washing off impurities &                        Citation:                Analysis
sins/ cleanliness
“I’m going into the bathroom to wash my face”            (Williams 27)            Stella desires to clean herself in her sister’s presence; does she
                                                                                  feel shameful or dirty?
White: (false) purity & innocence      Citation:                Analysis




Blue: working class, masculinity       Citation:                Analysis




Music: portrayal of emotions           Citation:                Analysis




Note: Blue Piano sets the mood for the scene, Polka music represents life, Varsouviana represents death
SCENE 2
Symbol Quotation                    Citation                 Explanation of Significance
Light: truth and youth              Example: (Williams 13)   Analysis




Bathing: washing off impurities &   Citation:                Analysis
sins/ cleanliness




White: (false) purity & innocence   Citation:                Analysis
Blue: working class, masculinity   Citation:   Analysis




Music: portrayal of emotions       Citation:   Analysis
SCENE 3
Symbol Quotation                    Citation                 Explanation of Significance
Light: truth and youth              Example: (Williams 13)   Analysis




Bathing: washing off impurities &   Citation:                Analysis
sins/ cleanliness




White: (false) purity & innocence   Citation:                Analysis
Blue: working class, masculinity   Citation:                Analysis




Music: portrayal of emotions       Citation:                Analysis




SCENE 4
Symbol Quotation                   Citation                 Explanation of Significance
Light: truth and youth             Example: (Williams 13)   Analysis
Bathing: washing off impurities &   Citation:   Analysis
sins/ cleanliness




White: (false) purity & innocence   Citation:   Analysis




Blue: working class, masculinity    Citation:   Analysis
Music: portrayal of emotions   Citation:                Analysis




SCENE 5
Symbol Quotation               Citation                 Explanation of Significance
Light: truth and youth         Example: (Williams 13)   Analysis
Bathing: washing off impurities &   Citation:   Analysis
sins/ cleanliness




White: (false) purity & innocence   Citation:   Analysis




Blue: working class, masculinity    Citation:   Analysis
Music: portrayal of emotions   Citation:                Analysis




SCENE 6
Symbol Quotation               Citation                 Explanation of Significance
Light: truth and youth         Example: (Williams 13)   Analysis
Bathing: washing off impurities &   Citation:   Analysis
sins/ cleanliness




White: (false) purity & innocence   Citation:   Analysis




Blue: working class, masculinity    Citation:   Analysis
Music: portrayal of emotions   Citation:                Analysis




SCENE 7
Symbol Quotation               Citation                 Explanation of Significance
Light: truth and youth         Example: (Williams 13)   Analysis
Bathing: washing off impurities &   Citation:   Analysis
sins/ cleanliness




White: (false) purity & innocence   Citation:   Analysis




Blue: working class, masculinity    Citation:   Analysis
Music: portrayal of emotions   Citation:                Analysis




SCENE 8
Symbol Quotation               Citation                 Explanation of Significance
Light: truth and youth         Example: (Williams 13)   Analysis
Bathing: washing off impurities &   Citation:   Analysis
sins/ cleanliness




White: (false) purity & innocence   Citation:   Analysis




Blue: working class, masculinity    Citation:   Analysis
Music: portrayal of emotions   Citation:                Analysis




SCENE 9
Symbol Quotation               Citation                 Explanation of Significance
Light: truth and youth         Example: (Williams 13)   Analysis
Bathing: washing off impurities &   Citation:   Analysis
sins/ cleanliness




White: (false) purity & innocence   Citation:   Analysis




Blue: working class, masculinity    Citation:   Analysis
Music: portrayal of emotions   Citation:                Analysis




SCENE 10
Symbol Quotation               Citation                 Explanation of Significance
Light: truth and youth         Example: (Williams 13)   Analysis
Bathing: washing off impurities &   Citation:   Analysis
sins/ cleanliness




White: (false) purity & innocence   Citation:   Analysis




Blue: working class, masculinity    Citation:   Analysis
Music: portrayal of emotions   Citation:                Analysis




SCENE 11
Symbol Quotation               Citation                 Explanation of Significance
Light: truth and youth         Example: (Williams 13)   Analysis
Bathing: washing off impurities &   Citation:   Analysis
sins/ cleanliness




White: (false) purity & innocence   Citation:   Analysis




Blue: working class, masculinity    Citation:   Analysis
Music: portrayal of emotions   Citation:   Analysis

								
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