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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!
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.
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