A Streetcar Named Desire

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  • In the play, A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee uses Stanley Kowalski actions and words to portray men's superiority over women in the society. Stanley is describe as violent masculinity and the center of his life has been "pleasure with women, the giving and taking of it." Stanley's superiority is compare to "the power and pride of a richly feathered male bird among hens" which exemplifies his belief that he is in control of Stella and that Blanche deserves no respect.
  • "Stanley stalks fiercely through the portieres into the bedroom... Stanley charges after Stella."
  • In this scene, Stanley is drunk and charges at Stella after she calls him "animal thing". Stanley's violent masculinity is demonstrated in this scene as he uncontrollably charges as Stella since he believes no woman should disrespect him. This exemplifies men's superiority in the society. His violent actions reveals his superior status to Stella and overall illustrates the importance of masculinity in Stanley's household.
  • He hurls a plate to the floor. "I am the king around here so don't forget it." Stella begins to cry weakly.
  • "Every Man is a King!" And I am the king around here so don't forget it!
  • In this scene, Stanley refers himself as the king of the household after Stella ask if he could clear the table. His word choice exemplifies his masculinity and the general view on men in the society. Women in the society are responsible for the household chores while men are to act like kings.
  • Stanley's actions and words illustrates his ferocity and overall demonstrates men's superiority in the society. Both of these scenes illustrates Stanley's violent masculinity and his belief that he is in control of Stella. Women like Stella, have no power in their household and are constantly controlled by the men of the house. Overall, Tennessee Williams uses Stanley's actions and words to make a strong statement about gender inequality and the superiority of men over women.
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