Throughout the scene, tension mounts as the atmosphere between the two fluctuates; at the start of the scene, there is a moment when it seems as though Stanley is going to make a friendly gesture towards Blanche, however, when she refuses, the previous animosity between them is restored.
Blanche then makes a biblical reference “casting my pearls before swine” which Stanley does not understand and takes as a direct insult.
At the end of the scene, Stanley mentions Blanche’s dead husband, Allan, unnecessarily; hinting properly for the first time that Stanley has a cruel and villainous side as he clearly intends to inflict emotional pain by making Blanche remember Allan with the comment “What happened?
” Another scene in which the audience feel sorry for Stanley is in scene four, when he overhears Blanche trying to persuade Stella to leave Stanley.
He seems friendly and even welcoming; “Well, take it easy.
” The audience feels sympathy for Stanley who has just had his wife’s sister arrive, clearly out of the blue, as he says; “didn’t know you [Blanche] were coming in to town.
However, although it appears that Stanley is vindictive and only bringing Blanche down for his own personal gain, one could argue that he is doing it for his relationship with Stella as Stanley would like things to return to the way they were before Blanche arrived.
Stanley talks about how he wants their relationship to simply go back to normal: “Stell, it’s gonna be all right after she [Blanche] goes…” Stanley first shows signs of villainy in scene three, through his need to be dominant which foreshadows the conflict between him and Blanche which, later, leads to the rape.
Blanche points out the differences between her and Stanley, saying “Stanley Kowalski, survivor of the Stone Age!
“Such things as art – as poetry and music – such kinds of new light have come into the world since then!