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In Scene 1 of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, during Blanche's monologue scene starting from Blanche saying: " I know, I know",  analyse characterization, themes and dramatic techniques and their effects.

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It is interesting to note in the beginning of Scene One when Blanche DuBois first steps off the streetcar, the stage directions describe her as "daintily dressed" and having "a delicate beauty" that must avoid the light. And, there is something about her "uncertain manner" that "suggests a moth." Then, in a moment of portentous foreshadowing, Blanche runs into Eunice,

BLANCHE:
They told me to take a street-car named Desire, and then transfer to one called Cemeteries and ride six blocks and get off at--Elysian Fields!

EUNICE:
This here is Elysian Fields.

Elysian Fields is an allusion from Book VI of Virgil's Aeneid: a temporary place of souls on their journey back to life.

Now, Blanche is in a temporary place, here sister's home in New Orleans; and, as they talk, Blanche displays her resentment that Stella left her to manage the plantation home, Belle Reve [ironically named "Beautiful Dream"] by hysterically declaring,

BLANCHE:
I stayed and fought for it, bled for it, almost died for it.

When Stella...

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