We've Had This Date With Each Other From The Beginning

In A Streetcar Named Desire, what does, "We've had this date from the beginning!" signify about Stanley's character?

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I will take a bit of a different take on the statement.  When Stanley says this to Blanche, it might signify that it was only a matter of time before the former would overtake and subsume the latter.  I think that it is a statement of Stanley asserting his power over Blanche, which would lend more credence to the rape aspect.  At the same time, I think that it also reflects a theme in the play that Blanche's "time" in the modern setting was limited.  Blanche had already been depicted as not synchronized with the times.  The fact that the "Old South" is gone and a new vision of this setting is in its place helps to enhance Blanche's dissonant relationship with her context.  Stanley's line brings to light that Blanche, in a sense, had been living on borrowed time and that she was meant to be overcome by the setting that would deem her voice as not necessarily validated or accepted.  The idea of setting "this date" from the start brings to light Stanley's desire to control and overwhelm Blanche, something that had been evident in his brutish character from the initial exposition of the drama.

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Stanley is referring to the fact that there has been an attraction between himself and Blanche since they first met. Whether one refers to what happens between them as rape or not is perhaps open for interpretation, based upon how a production portrays the scene. Stanley loves his wife Stella, but is drawn to Blanche's personality, her odd combination of assertiveness and passivity, her femininity, her sexuality. She has a far more flamboyant than Stella, and because he is on some level socially awkward like Blanche, he feels a kinship to her.

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