Streetcar Named Desire

Streetcar Named Desire

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  • Hey, there! Stella, Baby! (Scene 1, Line 1)
  • Don't holler at me like that. Hi, Mitch. (Scene 1, Line 2)
  • I'm going outside. You come out with me while Blanche is getting dressed. (Scene 2, Line 69)
  • Since when do you give me orders? (Scene 2, Line 70)
  • Stanley clearly believes he holds the role of dominance in the household, ensuring that Stella is also aware of this after she has "stepped outside of her boundary" as the wife/woman in the situation. Representing the gross and misogynistic lifestyle that Stanley believes in. In addition to this, the way that Stella repeatedly tries to overcome and/or overpower Stanley, yet is consistently shut down represents the undeniable circumstance of strong and powerful women repeatedly being suppressed. Both of these factors reveal the unsettling and  destructive relationship they hold when attempting to communicate because of the evident gender roles in this case.
  • Your face and fingers are disgustingly greasy. Go and wash up and then help me clear the table. (Scene 8, Line 15)
  • Don't ever talk to me that way! Remember what Huey Long said -- "Every Man is a King!" And I am the king around here , so don't forget it! (Scene 8, Line 16)
  • When talking to Stella and Blanche, Stanley again presents his ideology of the male position in the household along with the powers and responsibility they have over women. Tennesse Williams displays this with specific dialogue such as the word king which also specifically emphasizes the control and dominance that  he's protecting because of his blatant insecurity that becomes overbearing as he believes his words and actions to be completely socially acceptable as he ignorantly claims nothing to be his fault, connecting straight back to the horrid social opinion that he is the man of the house, meaning he is never wrong as all woman have unfortunately known and experienced to this day.
  • Tennessee Williams represented gender roles throughout the entire play of "Streetcar Named Desire" opting to showcase Stanley's condescending tendencies to display the toxic masculinity in the male role in past and current societal standards. He also represented the unfortunate submission of women through dialogue and actions when dealing with confrontation or simply how they present themselves so differently in front of men in comparison to other women, due to the unfair expectations. As the relationship between Stanley and Stella specifically exhibits how unfortunately content Stella is with Stanley's abusive personality, Williams relayed the message concerning the appalling morality of the 40's time period in terms of gender roles. Generally, Williams wanted to make a statement in reference to the flaws and repressive tendencies of our society and highlighting them to the highest degree while doing an amazing job bringing his audience to the realization of the inconsistency within vulnerability. Overall conveying the noxious ideas about gender stereotypes during the timeline and somewhat to this day. 
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