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In the play A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, Stanley Kowalski's booming words and "ape-like" tendencies describe the male role to be one of control and force as he fights to rule his "cave" and all its inhabitants.
It looks to me like you have been swindled, baby, and when you're swindled under the Napoleonic code I'm swindled too. And I don't like to be swindled.
William’s choice of syntax utilizing italics clearly denotes a harsh, threatening tone. Stanley wishes to control the household, in all aspects, and is threatened by the secrecy brought into his home by Blanche. He feels his authority is being undermined, which is unacceptable due to his masculine nature. A man must be in charge according to Stanley.
“Tiger- tiger! Drop the bottle top! Drop it! We’ve had this date with each other from the beginning.”
“Oh so you want some rough-house! All right, let’s have some rough-house!”
Intoxicated, Stanley again becomes aggressive towards a women. Stanley utilizes his superior strength in order to confirm his position of power. Blanche is his victim this time, as he takes from her something she considers priceless by sexually assaulting her. Je had to prove his strength by destroying hers.
By exerting his dominance over Stella and Blanche’s financial as well as both of their sexual lives, Stanley’s character embodies today’s idea of masculinity surrounding the male role founded upon a needed sense of power and dominance over woman. This is like life today because we live with these gender roles daily.
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