Identify the speaker, plot and significance of following quotes from A Streetcar Named Desire:1. " Sister and I in desperate situation" 2. " I was just obeying the law of nature" 3. "Well, I -...

Identify the speaker, plot and significance of following quotes from A Streetcar Named Desire:

1. " Sister and I in desperate situation"

2. " I was just obeying the law of nature"

3. "Well, I - don't see how anybody could be rude to u"

4. "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?"

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M.P. Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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" Sister and I in desperate situation"

The day after Stanley's awful poker night where he was abusive to Stella, Blanche decided to write a telegram to a rich friend trying to ask for financial assistance to get them both out of there. The significance is that Blanche realized right in the middle of it that she had nobody to go for help because of the many troubles she had gotten into in Laurel, and because of her reputation. Another significant point is that her sister, although was the victim, thinks that Blanche's worries are nonsensical and this shows how codependent Stella is of Stanley.

" I was just obeying the law of nature"

During an outing with Mitch, Blanche refers to her obeying the laws of nature in terms of pleasing a man and entertaining the way a Southern Belle like herself are famous for doing. She was just buttering up to Mitch, trying to convince him that she is a true gentle woman with lots of good manners and style. The significance is that this is her only chance with a decent man, considering her past (which Mitch does not know).

"Well, I - don't see how anybody could be rude to u"

This is a phrase that Blanche tells her sister considering how rude Stanley was to Stella. She made a plea to Stella to reconsider her marriage, and to get away from Stanley. She always felt Stella was too sweet and nice to deserve a man like Stan. This is why she said this phrase.

"Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?"

Blanche said this when the paperboy came over to the Kowalski home and she was in the middle of a drunken haze. She told the teenager that all she wanted was a bit of conversation with him. Later we find out that she was attracted to him sexually , perhaps because he reminds her of the teenage student with which she slept and for which she was consequently fired. She told him that phrase in the middle of her drunkenness, and perhaps this is what she would tell the men she "pleased" in Laurel, when she lived at the hotel.


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anujumairah | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

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Sorry for interrupting, but the last quote was said by Blanche to Mitch in Scene 6.

She pretends to be "la Dame aux Camellias".

This was by Alexandre Dumas the Younger in which its heroine is a high-class Parisian callgirl.

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