A Streetcar Named Desire

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  • PROMPT
  • Auto Parts
  • KEY MOMENT
  • SMACKKKK!!!
  • OOW!!!!!!!
  • EXPLANATION
  • Stanley, Stella's husband; a headstrong Polish man who believed that he was the “king” of his house and all that was in it. He fought in World War II and now works as an auto-parts salesman.He represented the new south: a society dominated by men.
  • KEY MOMENT
  • Stanley is playing poker with his friends and he is drunk. (Frame 3) When Stella and Blanche walk in he gets angry because they are disrupting his game. When Stella tells him that it is time to stop playing he gets mad and beats her up. (Frame 2)
  • EXPLANATION
  • Stanley is charismatic dominant who likes control. He doesn't like looking weak, especially in front of his friends. When Stella tries to tell him to stop playing poker he feels weak, therefore, he has to show his dominance by beating his wife. He must show his power over his wife and must prove he is a man.
  • SYNTHESIS
  • LIVE.LIFE.LOVE
  • When Stella goes off to deliver the baby, Stanley comes home and meets Blanche. He is drunk and excited. He carries her to the room and then he rapes her.
  • "We've had this date for a while." (Scene 10)
  • We know that Stanley has been thinking about ways to hurt Blanche for a long time because he says, "We've had this date for a while." Stanley has been fed up with Blanche and he has been vengeful. Blanche is exactly what Stanley is against: a strong independent woman. He tried to show his masculinity by taking her strength and independence by raping her.
  • In both situations, we find Stanley hurting women. This makes him feel strong and powerful. You can tell that Stanley doesn't like it when a woman is strong and independent. He wants to feel in control and so he believes he must hurt and degrade them.
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