Streetcar Named Desire

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  • Animal joy in his being is implicit in all his movements and attitudes. Since earliest manhood the center of his life has been pleasure with women, the giving and taking of it, not with weak indulgence, dependently, but with the power and pride of a richly feathered male bird among hens. […] He sizes women up with a glance, with sexual clarifications, crude images flashing into his mind and determining the way he smiles at them. (1.205)
  • …You come out with me while Blanche is getting dressed.
  • Since when do you give me orders?
  • In this key moment the way that the author shows gender roles is represented by the idea that the people in charge of the house are the men. Here Stella gives orders to Stanley and he resents this as he is the man of the house and in his eyes she is stepping out of line and challenging his masculinity.
  • “In the State of Louisiana we have the Napoleonic Code…..what belongs to the wife belongs to the husband and vice versa….if i had a piece of property, or you had a piece of property-” (Scene 2, pg.35).
  • Stanley is not concerned with Blanche’s emotional fragility. He is only looking out for his own interests. He distrusts Blanche, as he senses that she has some power over Stella, whereas he wants to have Stella completely. Stanley is a man who loves to assert his dominance and whenever a woman comes in his way, he feels that he might lose control. Men want to be in charge and always in control.
  • Stanley is the stereo typical man, some one that has no feelings, and only sees women as sex objects that are made to be conquered. He is the idea of masculinity during this time a physically and mentally strong person that if anyone would challenge that they would be met with strong verbal and physical retaliation. Stanley a man and there is no better way to describe him, he has the ideas and desires of a basic and primitive men. Francisco Llano, Sebastian Adrianza
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