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  • "A Streetcar Named Desire" an amazing American drama, written by Tennessee Williams has very distinct outlooks on gender roles, the male role is most thoroughly conveyed through Stanley. "Since earliest manhood the center of his life has been pleasure with women, the giving and taking of it, not with weak indulgence, dependency, but with the power and pride of a richly feathered male bird among hens. Branching out from this complete and satisfying center are all the auxiliary channels of his life, such as his heartiness with men, his appreciation of rough humor, his love of good drink and food and games, his car, his radio, everything that is his, that bears his emblem of the gaudy seed-bearer"
  • STANLEY: Let me enlighten you on a point or two, baby. In the state of Louisiana we have the Napoleonic code according to which what belongs to the wife belongs to the husband and vice versa. For instance if I had a piece of property, or you had a piece of property-
  • The statement that Stanley makes shows gender commentary at ts most noticeable, he basically spends his time being condescending to his wife and treating her as if she is some type of property, he states whatever belongs to her also belongs to him, everything is his.
  • STANLEY: Oh! So you want some rough-house! All right, let's have some rough-house! [He springs toward her, overturning the table. She cries out and strikes at him with the bottle top but he catches her wrist.] Tiger--tiger! Drop the bottle top! Drop it! We've had this date with each other from the beginning! [She moans. She sinks to her knees. He picks up her inert figure and carries her to the bed.
  • Stanley is a very odd and conflicted character yet his actions reflect gender commentary because he feels as if he has the right to treat Blanche objectively wrong because he is male. He forces himself onto her, also making statements about who he really is, because he doesn't often let his emotions show besides anger, like many men do.
  • Tennessee Williams is a great American writer capable of conveying complex themes through simple action and commentary. Stanley is as a whole a statement on gender roles in society. In the tie period in which this is based, women aren't treated as equals, yet as objects, prizes, and property, and in both instances Stanley reinforces that statement. He basically refers to Stella as property and treats Blanche as if she is just a piece of meat, true gender commentary at its finest.
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