A Streetcar Named Desire Topics for Discussion

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Topic 1

What is the motivation of Blanche DuBois? Why does she come to stay with her sister in New Orleans? Why did Blanche leave Laurel, Mississippi? How does Blanche feel about Mitch? What are Blanche’s feelings about Stanley in the narrative?

Topic 2

How do the characters of Blanche and Stella differ? How are they similar? When did Stella leave Laurel and why? How do Blanche and Stella compare in their physical appearances and demeanors?

Topic 3

What is the significance of the music throughout the play? How does the music change from scene to scene? What inner emotions of the characters are represented through music and in what style?

Topic 4

How are the motifs of water and flowers used throughout the narrative? What do these motifs represent symbolically? How do they inform and illustrate the themes of the play?

Topic 5

What is Stanley’s objective in the...

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