AP LIT Project
Stanley is a hero at the start of the play. He remains loyal to his friends and passionate to his wife and family.
Stanley symbolizes the new, heterogeneous America to which Blanche doesn’t belong. Stanley’s intense hatred of Blanche is motivated by the aristocratic past Blanche represents. He also sees her as untrustworthy and does not like the way she attempts to fool him and his friends into thinking she is better than them.
"Every man is a king and I'm the king around here, so don't you forget it!" (Williams, 107)
Stanley’s compassionate character ends up being harmfully crude and brute. His mischievous actions are gambling, bowling, sex, and drinking, and he lacks morals.
Staney's uncontrollable nature was first revealed when he beats his wife, and is fully shown after he rapes his sister-in-law. Stanley shows no remorse for his brutal actions, and continues to get away with it mainly because of his gender role during this time period.
The end of the play Stanley is depicted as an ideal man with his wife and child, although he is not. This presents a sharp critique of the way the institutions of postwar America placed restrictions on women’s lives forcing them to depend on men.
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