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  • Stanley Kowalski sets himself to be the man of the house That he's "the King around here." He also demands that those around him should respect him, most importantly, Stella. Prompt: How does playwright Tennessee Williams use the character's actions, description, or words to make a strong statement about gender in our society
  • Blanche: "If you'll forgive me, he's common...He's like an animal. He has an animal's habits.... Stanley Kowalski, survivor of the Stone Age, bearing the raw meathome from the kill in the jungle. And you-you're here waiting for him. Maybe he'll strike you or maybe grunt and kiss you, that'sif kisses have been discovered yet. His poker night you call it. This party of apes"
  • Stanely is seen as the provider of the family, that he's stuk in a mindset of the "stone Age". Stanely puts himself as the man of the house. Therefore depicting that men are the providers, the bread-winners.
  • " (he hurls a plate to the floor). That's how I'll clear the table! (he seizes her arm). Don't ever talk that way to me."
  • For Stanley and Stella, there is a distinct separation in their gender roles. Stanley is, in this case, the man of the house and he abuses his high placement and strength to get out of doing things that a women is "supposed" to do. It shows that men have a dominance over women.
  • This is like life because most households follow the same like pattern, where one of the two dominates the other and is typically male. One rises above the other naturally, usually determined by money.
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