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Williams uses the character's actions and words to convey the statement that the men are usually the leaders in society. Stanley is a prime example of the patriarchal society shown throughout the play as his words towards the women are often condescending.
"What do you think you two are? A pair of queens? Remember what Huey Long said - 'Every Man is a King!' And I am the King around here, so don't forget it!" (8.14-15)
This is the scene where Blanche is referencing Stanley as a "Polack" and other terms that Stanley had found offensive. This is an example of the gender roles in society as Stanley's outburst is a huge piece of evidence showing that males believed they were more important than the women. Stanley's remark was used to show his dominance in the house so that Blanche would know where her boundaries as a woman was.
"You see, under the Napoleonic code – a man has to take an interest in his wife’s affairs – especially now that she’s going to have a baby." (2.151-152)
This scene shows how Stanley is asserting his role as the man of the house financially by claiming that whatever his wife, Stella, owns, it is also considered his property under the "Napoleonic Code". This just shows that not matter what the object may be, the husband always has the right and ownership to his wife's valuables. The man of the house has the rights of ownership to his wife, and anything belonging to her.
Williams uses the character's actions and words to make the statement that the men are superior in all ways, it is a patriarchal society. Through the actions and words of Stanley, it can be conceived that women were merely objects that the men owned, whatever belonged to the women, belonged to the men. This is like life because before women obtained more rights, the men were considered to be more superior to the women.
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