A Streetcar Named Desire

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  • Stanley • Tennessee Williams uses the role of Stanley’s actions, characterization, and statements or remarks he says in order to make a strong statement about gender in our society by using him as a view on men and their masculinity.
  • “I am not a Polack. People from Poland are Poles, not Polacks. But what I am is a one hundred percent American, born and raised in the greatest country on earth and proud as hell of it, so don’t ever call me a Polack.” (Scene 8) Stanley to Blanche.
  • ~ This quote from Scene 8 is gender commentary based on the tone and of how Stanley speaks to Blanche within this scene. His aggressiveness is related to what most men use to make a statement or prove their point over an issue. This relates to Williams’ statement because most men use aggressiveness in order to seem superior to another person and say they’re in charge.
  • “Don't you ever talk that way to me. "Pig — Polack — disgusting — vulgar — greasy!" — them kind of words have been on your tongue and your sister's too much around here. What do you think you are, a pair of queens? Remember what Huey Long said — "Every man's a King!! And I am the king around here, so don't forget it!” (Scene 8) Stanley to Stella.
  • ~ This quote from scene 8 as well contributes to gender commentary because men are mainly seen as the leaders and the controller of a household as if they’re the true ‘man’ of the house. This degrades women’s equality of how women can’t be just as important in a household such as the man because they are seen weak and don’t acquire the ability to do what men do. This idea that men are supposed to take care of the women and the household in general is another contribution to the masculinity of men.
  • • This is like life because these statement about men and their masculinity can actually compare to how it is in the real world with their actions and how they can sometimes act with their pride.
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