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Stanley's a man of habit and structure, and his desires in life are quite simple: 1) he enjoys maintaining stereotypical gender roles in his home, with himself as the respected head of the household; 2) he likes spending time with his male friends; and 3) his sexual relationship with his wife is very important to him. For Stanley, Blanche's arrival overturns all three aspects of his structured life: she acts as a disruptive force in every way.
"Every Man is a King! And I am the King around here, so don’t forget it!"
This first key moment with Stanley Kowalski shows his first dominance against the women in the household. This is seen as gender commentary because he depicts himself the role of a King, that should be listened to and obeyed by everyone else, aka Blanche and Stella. This specific quote from Stanley makes a strong statement about gender roles in our society by showing that it is a male dominated world whether we as women choose to see it that way or not. Many men in the household are seen as the providers and protectors, and even today in most households the wife stays home to take care of the children and property while the men work. Most men, such as Stanley tend to feel useless if not the main provider, and become aggressive as Stanley does whether by becoming physical or verbal,
"We've had this date since the beginning"
The second key moment with Stanley is when he rapes Blanche, Stella's sister. Stanley's strong sexuality is a parallel to Blanche's. Both have a hard time relating to the opposite sex in anything but a sexual way, even when it's inappropriate to do so. From the moment Blanche steps into his house, Stanley and Blanche have some serious sexual tension going on—he's taking off his shirt, she's flirting with him. It's all just bad news. It's especially bad news when we realize that Stanley uses his sexuality and aggression to assert his dominance in his household, and Blanche seeks comfort when she's feeling bad through sexual interactions. As a result, we get an explosive situation in which Stanley ends up raping Blanche. This is the ultimate form of dominance men have on women and in today's society, rape is still very much alive. Men use their strength to force women into sexual acts that they gave no consent for. The gender role of men are seen as those who go off of "nature" and "instinct", while women are depict as a piece of meat waiting to be swooped up. Shown as the weaker gender, and men tend to take advantage, just as Stanley has when he takes advantage of Blanche.
This is like life because Stanley's actions reflect strongly with gender roles in today's society. Many men not only take advantage of women, but some do not even respect those they have a life with. Those they are committed to. They show dominance by not only verbal confirmation but also physical.
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