A Streetcar Named Desire | Study Guide

Tennessee Williams

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A Streetcar Named Desire | Scene Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • Spring evening

    Blanche DuBois lands in New Orleans, planning a visit with sister Stella and her husband Stanley.

    Scene 1
  • Next night

    Stanley gets angry at Blanche and Stella; he hits Stella. Stella leaves him but quickly returns.

    Scene 3
  • Next morning

    Stanley overhears Blanche insult him and encourage Stella to leave him.

    Scene 4
  • Days later

    Mitch and Blanche become romantically serious.

    Scene 6
  • September, late afternoon

    Stanley tells Stella her sister has been lying and has a sordid past; Stanley also tells Mitch.

    Scene 7
  • Hours later

    Stanley gives Blanche a one-way bus ticket to leave town.

    Scene 8
  • Later that evening

    Disillusioned with Blanche, Mitch tells her he won't marry her.

    Scene 9
  • Hours later

    Stanley accuses Blanche of lying and rapes her.

    Scene 10
  • Weeks later

    Mentally imbalanced, Blanche is taken to a state mental hospital; Stanley tries to console Stella.

    Scene 11

Scene Summaries Chart

Scene Summary
Scene 1 A Streetcar Named Desire is set in New Orleans on a street called Elysian Fields. This area is rundown but still has cha... Read More
Scene 2 In the Kowalski apartment, Stella tells Stanley to treat Blanche nicely because she's upset about losing Belle Reve. She... Read More
Scene 3 In the kitchen of the Kowalski apartment, Stanley plays poker with his friends, Mitch, Steve, and Pablo. Because he is l... Read More
Scene 4 The next morning Stella lies contentedly in bed. In contrast Blanche appears nervous as she stares at her sister. Blanch... Read More
Scene 5 In the bedroom Blanche reads over a letter she just wrote and laughs. Blanche tells Stella that she's laughing about lyi... Read More
Scene 6 Early in the morning Blanche and Mitch arrive at the Kowalski apartment, after spending the evening at an amusement park... Read More
Scene 7 Several months have passed. Stella is decorating for Blanche's birthday celebration. Stanley enters and wonders what all... Read More
Scene 8 In the Kowalski kitchen, Stanley, Blanche, and Stella sit around the table and finish eating Blanche's birthday dinner. ... Read More
Scene 9 Blanche sits alone in the Kowalski bedroom with the Varsouviana polka running through her head. The doorbell rings. When... Read More
Scene 10 Blanche drinks liquor and packs her trunk. She wears a crumpled, satin, evening gown and scuffed, silver slipper. Blanch... Read More
Scene 11 Stanley, Mitch, Steve, and Pablo play poker in the kitchen. Eunice enters. Stanley brags about his exploits in the army ... Read More
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