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A Streetcar Named Desire Chapter Summary & Analysis - Scene 1 Summary

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Scene 1 Summary

Tennessee Williams' most famous play opens outside 632 Elysian Fields. This two-story flat in the poor district of New Orleans is the home of Stanley and Stella Kowalski. It is dusk on a May evening and voices from the busy street and blues music from a nearby bar create a backdrop of noise. Additional background noise comes from an occasional train that rumbles through on the L & N tracks and stray cats that roam the street. Williams uses these noises, particularly the music, to establish and enhance the mood of each scene.

Stanley, a muscular, unrefined auto parts supplier, is headed to the bowling alley around the corner with his friend Steve, who lives upstairs. He stops near the flat and hollers at his wife, Stella. Stella, a far gentler creature than Stanley, comes outside and Stanley throws her a package of meat. This exchange amuses Steve's...

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