The End Choice and Ramification Each character in Williams’ play chooses their own ending and will henceforth be required to deal with the ramifications of their choice. Choose ONE character and complete the chart with text only from scene ten and eleven. I have provided the character and choice they ultimately make at the end of the play. 1. Find a piece of text that proves the choice. 2. Explain the ramification of that choice. This should be note like. 3. Find text that proves the ramification. 4. Offer note like analysis of what the choice and the ramification mean for the specific character. 5. Tie that to a theme-y statement of deliciousness about DESIRE. Character Choice Text Ramification Text Overall Overall Analysis Theme Eunice Status Quo “Don’t go back in there. Stay here with me and don’t look.” Eunice encourages Stella to forgo her familial obligations in order to maintain her relationship with Stanley/allows Stella to “not look” at what she has done to Blanche under the guise of her obligations as a wife and mother/absolves Stella of her responsibility (allows her to choose desire above what is right) “Don’t ever believe it.” Eunice allows Stella the out her feelings for Stanley and her obligation to him above all else, including what she knows is the truth. Allows Stella the out she needs to continue her relationship with Stanley. Women are allowed to use their sexual roles to condemn and destroy other women. / In order to maintain their desirability, women will both ignore the cruelty of men and justify choices they know are morally wrong. Blanche insanity I ran into [Mr. Shep Huntleigh] on Biscayne Boulevard. Then – just Blanche’s desire overcompensates all of her other senses so that she is led to believe and be “What he wants is my companionship. Having great wealth sometimes Blanche is constantly reminded with the ghost of her past Women’s desires can become so powerful that they eventually now – this wire – inviting me on a cruise to the Caribbean!” “Whoever you are – I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” sunk into her lies. Blanche is giving in and choosing insanity, and submitting to Stella’s decision to put her in an asylum makes people lonely! A cultivated woman, a woman of intelligence and breeding, can enrich a man’s life--immeasurably! I have those things to offer…” (her husband committing suicide) when she is confronted with true reality. She makes up these stories to escape the inescapable but when she is “She allows him caught in to lead her as if her lies, she she were blind” is then sent back to her past with the continuous playing of the polka song; her past is inescapable and she will always be brought back to it. She must choose insanity because her other choice is death. She tries to link love and desire together, but society will not blind them of reality and lose them of all sanity within them. Because blanche sees sex and desire as separate entities, which is the same way men view them, society does not allow her to see them this way because she is a woman. Because she deviates from the societal expectations, she is ultimately destroyed. allow her to do that, so she goes insane Stanley Status quo “Oh! So you want some rough house? Alright, lets have some rough house.” “Tiger--tiger! Drop the bottle top! Drop it! We’ve had this date with each other from the beginning!” He chooses to do what society expects over what is morally right. Society expects men to act on their desires in any manner that they please. He uses violence to achieve this, and it is acceptable because of the way Blanche acts throughout the play in relation to him By using “we’ve had this date”, Stanley emphasizes Blanche’s promiscuity throughout the novel. By the lights turning out in this scene, the audience can infer that Stanley uses his masculinity to emphasize that he has won over Blanche. “now now Honey, now now love, [he kneels beside her and his fingers find the opening of her blouse] now, now, love. Now, love” “He knees beside her and his fingers find the opening of her blouse.” His desire overtakes and kind of rational thought. Stella is upset with the situation because she has chosen desire over what is right. In one last way to prove that desire wins out over what is morally correct, Stanley again acts on his sexual desire to prove that men will do whatever they want whenever they want in order to achieve this desire. By Stanley putting his Men are able to use whatever tactics they feel fit to achieve sexual desire and it is not viewed as morally wrong because it socially acceptable. Men use sexual aggression to feel power over women. finger between her blouse, he emphasizes that he has won and Stella has chosen her sexual desire over her moral values and obligation to her family. Stella Sex “Yes Blanche is. She’s going on vacation. “I couldn’t believe her story and go on living with Stanley” In this moment, Stella makes the decision to send Blanche away to the insane asylum and choose Stanley and her sexual life. She understand s that she cannot coexist with Stanley and Blanch and must choose either her familial obligations or her sexual desire. She’s abandoning Blanche and choosing Stanley “He kneels beside her and his fingers find the opening of her blouse.” “What have I done to my sister? Oh, god, what have I done to my sister? By sending Blanche away, Stella is now free to have sex with Stanley andf is completely free of her obligations to her family. Stella could not liove with herself if she still had Blanche around knowing she had been rape and so she willfully chooses to send her away and Desire is pervading and will completely consume someone so that they will choose that desire over anything else they must do. For a women to get what they desire, they’ll destroy other relationships. her sexual desire. Stella Ignores the truth and sends Blanche away because she couldn’t exist without Stanley in her life.