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  • Stanley is the "King" (Scene 8) of his own home. He likes to maintain a dominant status over his wife, his family, and his friends. Throughout the play, Stanley portrays Tennessee Williams' view of masculinity. Stanley's behavior and actions further define Williams' perspective on masculinity.
  • Don't ever talk that way to me! "Pig--Polack--disgusting--vulgar--greasy!"--them kind of words have been on your tongue and your sister's too much around here! What do you two think you are? A pair of queens? Remember what Huey Long said--"Every Man is a King!" And I am the king around here, so don't forget it!
  • Scene 8
  • Stanley's obsession with being "king" of his household is extremely significant when analyzing Tennessee William's statement on masculinity. His brute and hyper masculine ways express themselves through his aggressive and controlling ways. This scene is pertinent to the message made about masculinity because it shows Stanley having an adverse reaction to the control conflict introduced by Blanche's presence in the home. His insistence on being the main character in his own home shows that Stanley, and men in general, must exert dominance over those around the to demonstrate superiority or face the result of no longer being in control. These scene concisely shows this need for control by further characterizing Stanley and the male population as a whole through Tennessee's perspective on male gender roles.
  • Scene 10
  • Stay back! Don;t come toward me another step or I'll--
  • What?
  • This moment in Scene 10 is key to understanding Stanley's perception of the anger he had been experiencing toward Blanche. In his mind, the only way to win their constant and unrelenting conflict was to dominate her in one of the only ways he knows how: sexually. Now, this scene was limited by the options offered by StoryboardThat, but in this moment Stanley is shirtless in silk pajamas and completely overtaking Blanche. She has broken a glass bottle and is threatening to hurt him, but he is completely unafraid of her or any physical threat she believes she poses to him. This scene shows Tennessee Williams' view that males can only overcome conflict with physical domination. Stanley's characterization, both direct and indirect, has developed him into a man who is almost sub-human in his instinctual behavior and animistic conflict resolution. This is the last moment of many in which we see Stanley exert his anger through force instead of effective communication which strengthens William's point that masculinity is defined by physical strength.
  • In both instances Stanley's masculinity is clearly defined by his need to be in control. He accomplishes this goal through establishing dominance verbally and physically. This is a direct reflection of the statement Tennessee Williams is attempting to make throughout the work. He depicts men as brute forces with an inability to handle conflict through communication. This characterization contributes to the overall theme of the work saying that males are superior yet inferior in their communication skills. This is like life in that scientific and psychological studies are constantly finding aspects in which men and women differ in their natural problem solving habits.
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