Discuss the use of colour in the Poker Night scene in A Streetcar Named Desire.

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In his stage direction for this scene, Williams seems obsessed with color: the yellow of the linoleum floor; the green of the glass lamp-shade; and the blue, purple, red-and-white check, and light green of the men's shirts, which he views as emblematic of their being in the prime of their "physical manhood." The directness of an unshaded lightbulb, later on, is seen by Blanche as a detriment to her as she and Mitch begin to get together, since she doesn't want her age to be obvious to him. Blanche herself is shown in her pink bra and white skirt, the softness of those colors emphasizing her vulnerability. Stella comments, "You're standing in the light, Blanche!" as a kind of warning, and we are told that Blanche moves out of the "yellow streak of light," as if this was something dangerous to her. But perhaps the most significant coloring is that of the watermelon the poker players are eating. Authors typically use the color of fruit as having a special symbolism. Just as Thomas Mann's

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