What "two worlds" are juxtaposed in the opening of Scene I?Comparing and contrasting the two worlds.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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In my mind, the two worlds that are brought out in the first scene are the realities of Blanche and the world.  The setting is important in that Stanley and Stella live in a working class or poor area of New Orleans.  The industrial, cramped, and tightly frantic condition of life contrasts with Blanche, who represents a vision of the "Old South."  She lived on Belle Reve, a plantation with "columns" and where life was different than in the industrialized vision that Blanche sees in front of her now.  Blanche, herself, might be a world that is in contrast with what is there.  She is noticeable awkward at this her entrance into this world, seeking out a drink to calm her nerves.  She is set apart from this environment and is almost a juxtaposition to it.  Blanche's entrance into the first scene and the awkwardness that she brings to it helps to add to the disjointed relationship between Blanche and the modern setting.

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