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  • Stanley is illustrated as aggressive, dominant, and very sexual, maintaining stereotypical gender roles in his home, with himself as the respected head of the household;typically spending time with his male friends; he can understand no relationship between man and woman except a sexual one.
  • "Pig—Polak—disgusting— vulgar —greasy!—them kind of words have been on your [Stella's] tongue and your sister's too much around here! What do you two think you are? A pair of queens?"
  • STANLEY:Catch! STELLA:What? STANLEY:Meat! [Be heaves the package at her. She cries out in protest but manages to catch it; then she laughes breathlessly. Her husband and his companion have already started back around the comer.]
  • This quote introduces stereotypical gender roles as, he is like savage bringing home the meat from the kill for the woman to cook. Also a sexual reference is present in the beginning showing his train of thought or immediate attention when arriving home, rather than providing his wife attention he immediately leaves.
  • Problems arise when Blanche shows up with her elitist notions and criticism of Stanley. Now instead of feeling like the "king" of the house, he worries that Stella's attitude toward him has changed. Stella is trespassing into his territory he's the dominant one; she shouldn't be ordering him around.
  • Mr. Williams establishes this was once like reality in the mid 20th Century as men would assert their dominance in the household and upon women, through violence or hurtful words to degrade them , yet as society as advanced we haved moved away from such actions
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