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Hi, my name is Stanley Kowalski. My aggressive and dominant personality represent the patriarchal society that existed during the late 1940s.
"I never met a woman that didn't know if she was good-looking or not without being told, and some of them give themselves credit for more than they've got. I once went out with a doll who said to me, ‘I am the glamorous type, I am the glamorous type’ I said, ‘So what?’" (Williams 39).
This quote represents gender commentary because it demonstrates Stanley's perception of how woman view themselves: shallow and self-absorbed.
This quote connects to gender commentary because it demonstrates my perception of women. I believe women are desperate for attention and are always seeking a man's approval of their looks, even though they already know if they are attractive. I see that as weak and unintelligent.
Williams uses my character to promptly portray the discrimination that exists in my society. Through my words, Williams is able to convey my idea about gender in my society which is that the man is always right and more informed.
This quote represents gender commentary because it demonstrates how he is threatened by Stella's defiance.
"That's how I'll clear the table! [He seizes her arm] Don't ever talk that way to me! ‘Pig-Polack- disgusting- vulgar- greasy!’-them kind of words have been on your tongue and your sister's too much around here! 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)
This quote is significant because Blanche's classist attitude is what really bothers me. What's worse is that Stella seems to be falling into the same pattern of criticizing me that Blanche has. This illustrates gender commentary because it exemplifies how I am threatened by a woman's passiveness and independence.
Both of these quotes highlight the alpha male persona that I carry. As a man, it's my duty to be in charge and have a submissive wife. This is like life because we live in a patriarchal society where the man is the dominant figure in the relationship. As a man, I expect for the woman to take care of the house, while I do the more "important" duties. While some may see this as oppression of the woman, I think society has this set for a reason. What society says about gender is that the woman must follow alongside her spouse, and be cooperative.
Stanley is the hard, ruthless man who doesn't understand the refinements of life. He is controlled by his natural instincts--which is resisting the advances of civilization (independence for women). It is the survival of the fittest, and Stanley is the strongest.
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