gender in society
Stanley is first introduced in the play "roughly dressed in blue denim work clothes. Stanley carries his bowling jacket and a red-stained a package from a butcher's"
Stage directions, "He advances and disappears. There is a sound of a blow and Stella cries"
"You lay your hands on me and I'll" Stella pg 28
This is a significant moment in the play because it is the first key moment that shows gender inequality. This scene shows that in our society it is almost okay for men to act violet just because they are under the influence of alcohol. Which is sad because Stanley hit his pregnant wife and she still decided to stay with him.
"Go wash up and help me clean the table"
Stage directions "He hurls the plate to the floor"
"That's how you clear the table! (he seizes her arm). Don't ever talk that way to me" pg 106
This scene shows how there is gender inequality in the household between husband and wife. This can be seen by the way Stanley treats Stella. Stanley treats her terribly yelling at her after she tells him he needs to clean up after himself. He acts like it is not his job and she should be cleaning up after him
Both of these scenes from "A Street Car in Desire" are significant because the author uses Stanley's actions to provide a statement about gender in the 1950's society. Both of these scenes show Stanley asserts his dominance on his weaker wife, by being hitting her and emotionally abusing her. Even though she is pregnant and he should be caring for her he is mistreating her and making her care for him.
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