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  • Stanley Kowalski is a born idiot. He is the embodiment of everything that is know to be masculine. From his "medium height" and how built he is. He is "animal...in all his movements and attitudes" (Williams 29), which goes to show the stereotypical masculinity. Stanley is made of a few instincts. To breed, go bowling, and to protect and assert his dominance. He totally believes in superiority and being the leader of the pack.
  • Stanley!
  • STELLA!! STELL-AHHHHHH (Williams 60)
  • This moment is gender commentary because it highlights the relationship between Stanley and Stella, and also between man and woman. It also emphasizes Stanleys character in the play and the role he takes in society. Stanley relies on his physical strengh to fix things. like when he hit Stella, and then when she runs away for a little, she comes back to him anyways, and they reunit in "animal moans" (Williams 60). William emphasizes Stanley's animal like qualities, by saying how he "acts like an animal" (Williams 72). His animal like actions show how superior he is gender wise. He doesn't really hold any type of authority other than his sex. Sex is the main relationship between Stella and Stanley. William shows how mens superiority is rooted for, and how mens superiority will make women run back to them all the time. When Stella does run to Stanley, William emphasizes hat Stanley is not superior, his sex is the only thing that gives him some sense of dominance.
  • "He picks her inert figure and carries her to the bed" (William 254)
  • The key moment in gender commentary shows how Stanley views his superiority an his animal like actions. Stanley bluntly rapes Blanche. He basically knocked her off her throne so he could feel like a "king" (William 107), with his dominance. Stanley raping Blanche shows how Stanley uses his physical strength and sex to assure his dominance at all times. This scene shows how Stanley uses does not have superiority, but just uses force and sex to break people down. William uses this act of aggression in Stanley's part to show that Stanley uses sex as a tool that is often use to assert the dominance that someone thinks that they might have.
  • William uses Stanley's actions to emphasize his superiority that he believes he has, by the use of meaningless sex and force. These two key moments show how Stanley uses his physical force and his sexuality so he can get his way. Throughout history, men have used they physical strength and being able to force themselves on woman to get what they want. This is emphasized by Stanley's animal like actions that he takes. He uses sex to make up for his wrong doings when he calls out for Stella. Then with Blanch, he forces his superiority on her when he rapes her. Sex and force are Stanley's roots. Neither show authority, they actually just show his fear and weakness. Since superiority does not come from fear, but it does come from respect. Respect is something that can not be forced upon anyone.
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