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How does playwright Tennessee Williams use the character's actions, description, or words to make a strong statement about gender in our society?
BLANCHE About 30 years old Promiscuous Girl (Nelly Furtado) Stella's older sister
"Well, I never care for wishy-washy people. That was why, when you were in here last night, i said to myself - 'My sister has a married man!' - Of course that was all that I could tell about you (Scene 2)." -- Blanch
Ever since Blanche moved into the house, problems have been arising. Due to the way Blanche treats him, Stanley feels that he no longer assumes the position of "Man of the House" and feels rather degraded. Her actions show that men are typically emasculated when woman test their manhood.
"He acts like an animal...eats like one...moves like one, sub-human-something not quite to the stage of humanity ye...ape-like about him..." (scene 4).
Blanche dehumanizes Stanley by calling him a filthy animal. This emphasizes the stereotype of men being savages and disgusting human beings or animals.Shwos gender roles in society are set on those typical stereotyoes
Both key moments provide us with emasculating dialogue that help develop the play environment and further develop the characters. William uses Blanches conversations with various characters to show how stereotypes play a big role in gender roles and gender clashes.
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