Williams structures the play as a series of conflict resulting in Blanche¶s eventual madness;
Scene 1 ±
Symbolic conflict between Blanche and New Orleans, she is completely out of placeand struggles to restrain her snobbery even in spite of the circumstances of why she¶s there.Shows signs of dramatic character and the battle she¶s having with her past, has conflict withStella ± believing Stella abandoned her and Belle Reve.
Scene 2 ±
³Napoleonic Code´, Stanley is concerned about the loss of Belle Reve financially andthere is conflict between him and Blanche as he accuses her of ³swindling´ him whilst she goesaround with ³furs´ and ³pearls´. ³How fitting Belle Reve should become this bunch of old papersin your big, capable hands´
Scene 3 ±
The Poker Night; Blanche begins to use illusion to attract the attention of the menaggravating Stanley in his drunken state to the point where he hits Stella then ³like a bayinghound´ calls for her back.
Scene 4 ±
Blanche states that Stanley is ³sub-human´ and a ³survivor of the Stone Age´ in adramatic speech to Stella about how she shouldn¶t ³hang back with the brutes´, unknowingly asStanley listens from outside, suggesting that he is biding his time until a full out conflict withBlanche.
Scene 5 ±
Stanley learns of Blanche¶s past and uses it to kick start her spiral into madness asshown by her interaction with a young boy later on in the scene whom she seems to be using tomake herself feel womanly or remind her of her dead husband.