AP Lit Project
Stanley Kowalski comes off as a passionate and loving man at the beginning of the play, but readers will soon find out otherwise. He is a violent man, who stops at nothing to get what he believes is right.
"Pig—Polak—disgusting—vulgar—greasy!—them kind of words have been on your [Stella's] tongue and your sister's too much around here! What do you two think you are? A pair of queens?" (8.14)
This quote exemplifies Stanley's distraught reaction after his wife talks down on him. He believes he is the King of the house, and should be treated like it.
"Oh! So you want some rough-house! All right, let's have some rough house!" (10.130)
This quote shows that Stanley cares for nobody but himself, and that he is the Head honcho of the house and people will do what he says.
Tennessee Williams uses these quotes in order to express the idea that men during this era believe they are superior to all else. Stanley believes that everybody should worship him and care for him hand and foot with little regard for anyone else. He does anything he can to get his way, and sadly, most of the time he does.
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