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A Streetcar Named Desire employs the third person omniscient point of view. Tennessee Williams does not tell the story through any one character’s eyes, and no individual narrates the developments or introduces the scenes. In fact, we often see the action in two different places simultaneously, as in Scenes Three and Eleven, which both juxtapose the poker game in one room of the Kowalski flat and the women in another. However, at specific intervals, the play does adopt Blanche’s outlook by recreating sounds that only she can hear—specifically, the Varsouviana music and the gunshot whenever her marriage is mentioned and “inhuman jungle voices” in Scene Ten. These instances take the audience outside Streetcar’s objective overview and briefly put us inside Blanche’s head, increasing empathy for Blanche and creating a sense of impending doom.