(Original post by bikinikill)
Okay, here's some symbolism for you, I've just found this and I think I'm right in what I'm saying, but it really just depends if you can/how you'll use it. This is said to Heavenly by Boss, when they're discussing what she'll be wearing at the rally
'You're going to be wearing stainless white of a virgin....a corsage of lilies [on her shoulder]'
'Stainless white of a virgin'> Pretty obvious, Boss is obsessed with sexual purity and wants to present his daughter as this beacon of Christian perfection.
'Corsage of lillies'> Lillies represent purity and beauty. HOWEVER, lilies also represent death (links to idea of sex=destruction/relationship between sex and death) and fertility (Blanche is now infertile due to her hysterectomy).
In Sweet Bird scene 1, the set is near bare. It's very minimalist, but contains a large double bed. The bed dominates the stage, the bed in this case will represent sex. The bed dominates the stage in the same way that sex will dominate the play. The stage layout makes it obvious to the audience that sex will be a dominant theme throughout the play.
Boss Finley's house, stage directions, ACT 2 SCENE 1
The furniture 'painted bone white
'men wearing white
The stage directions instruct that the tableu should be 'as strict as a canvas of Georgie O'Keefes'. The specific guidelines for the pale colours act as a backdrop for the sinister business of Boss Finley. His obsession with purity is reflected in his home, his 'white only' policy evident in the setting alone.#
Motif of drugs:
Aunt Nonnie: Why do you live on nothing but wild dreams...you took something out off your pocket and washed it down with liquor.'
Chance: I took a wild dream and washed it down with another wild dream.
The only way Chance can enjoy his life now is by losing himself in the comfort that drugs bring. Drugs supply him with the feeling of immortality, their little 'wild dreams' of his that, at least for a while, turn reality into something he can cope with.
More drug/substance abuse references:
Princess waking up in a drug induced stupor, no idea where she is or who chance is shows just how deeply rooted she is into her drug habit. Drugs, along with the act of lovemaking, help her forget the embarrassment of her premiere, they allow her mind to rest, if only for a while.
They both also casually talk about hashish that Princess has procured, 'It's hashish, Moroccan, the finest.'