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A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams Stanley is known for his harsh and violent actions. He treats everyone with disrespect and places them lower than him. He seeks for power and dominance because his pride is too big.
“Drunk – drunk – animal thing, you... ” (pg. 56).
* hits Stella*
This Demonstrates that Stanley has no care in the world, his wife is expecting but that does not stop him from abusing her. Even though he is drunk, we later find out that this is not the first time he has abused her. By hitting Stella he shows superiority over her, because she does nothing to defend herself. This scene also adds to the effect that he is stronger, and treats her the way he likes.
"I would ! I will if you" (141).
" oh so you want some rough house! All right, lets have some rough house!" (141).
By Stanley raping blanche he shows that he is the dominant one. He takes something very valuable for woman, when woman are robbed from this hey feel vulnerable and weak. Which is what Stanley wanted from her and everyone. Which adds to the effect that "he is king".
Life is like this because during this time period in the play men always had the upper hand or say, while woman had no say. The men were considered the dominant gender or head of house. Tennessee Williams uses Stanley's violent actions and harsh attitude throughout the play in order to portray that men in society believe that they are "kings". Men crave power, and always seek ways to be on top of everyone not caring the gender.
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