Stanley, A Streetcar Named Desire
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Stanley : Masculinity
"Stanley carries his bowling jacket and a red-stained package from a butcher’s," (Page 12).
"You see, under the Napoleonic code – a man has to take an interest in his wife’s affairs – especially now that she’s going to have a baby, (Page 48)."
Stanley portrays many of the common interest in men during the 1900s which is a man who wants to control everything in their grasp. Stanley demonstrates his masculinity by asserting his dominance over his wife's assets.
" Stanley... wear colored shirts, solid blues, a purple, a red-and-white-check, a light green, and they are men at the peak of their physical manhood, as coarse and direct and powerful as the primary colors. There are vivid slices of watermelon on the table, whiskey bottles and glasses," (Page 67).
William uses imagery and description of Stanley's appearance to depict the manhood he portrays to those around him. The bottles also depict the type of manhood that is emerging from the new time period. The generations of manhood is more violent and possessive about their surroundings ensuring that they are the alpha male.
Tenseness Williams portrays statements about gender in his play, A Street Car Named Desire , with the usage of stage directions as well as diction to portray Stanley as the primitive male he is seen throughout the play. Stanley is shown his true colors in his two key moments which truly describes how masculinity is played out in society. Stanley is nothing more than a product of what society expects out of him as a man.
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