A Streetcar Named Desire Storyboard
By jqwellin, Updated
By Jacqueline Pillar
"In the state of Louisiana, we have the Napoleonic code according to which what belongs to the wife belongs to the husband."
"What I am is a one hundred percent American... so don't ever call me a Polack."
"Since earliest manhood, the center of his life has been pleasure with women... He sizes [them] up at a glance, with sexual classification, crude images flashing into his mind and determining the way he smiles at them." (Williams 29)
Stanley was probably a player in his younger days. He sees women as sexual objects, not human beings. Williams depicts that in our society, women are believed to only be for the entertainment of men. It is gender commentary because the description depicts what goes through a man's mind when he meets a beautiful woman for the first time.
"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! (Williams 107)
Stanley feels offended by the, what he deems is, disrespect from Blanche and Stella. It is gender commentary because Stanley believes that he should be treated like a king solely because he is a man. Williams uses Stanley's words to illustrate that society is patriarchal. Men are kings, while women are supposed to be their humble, loyal peasants.
This is like life because men are considered superior to women in today's society. The way women are treated, spoken to and about by men depicts the female gender as seemingly inferior. Society attempts to connect gender with a role - men are the breadwinners and women are the bread rollers.
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