Streetcar Named Desire

Streetcar Named Desire
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A story based on the gender roles of society.

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  • “He is of medium height, about five feet eight or and strongly, compactly built. Animal joy in his being manhood is implicit in all his movements and attitudes. The center of his life has been pleasure with women, the giving and taking of it with the power and pride of a feathered male bird among hens. He has heartiness with men, appreciation of rough humor, and a love of a good”
  • “He is of medium height, about five feet eight or and strongly, compactly built. Animal joy in his being manhood is implicit in all his movements and attitudes. The center of his life has been pleasure with women, the giving and taking of it with the power and pride of a feathered male bird among hens. He has heartiness with men, and appreciation of rough humor."
  • How does playwright Tennessee Williams use the character's actions, descriptions, or words to make a strong statement about gender roles in our society?
  • Stanley
  • Blanche
  • “In the state of Louisiana we have the Napoleonic code, according to which what belongs to the wife belongs to the husband and vice versa. For instance if l had a piece of property, or you had a piece of property... It looks to me like you have been swindled, baby, and when you're swindled under the Napoleonic code I'm swindled too. And I don't like to be swindled.”
  • Stella
  • Stanley is indicating through the quote that he, rather men in general, have control over their wives and their means of property or what they own by the rule Napoleon set back in the 1800s. Stanley’s actions represent Williams means to show that men have access to women and their belongings, therefore claiming that men have both the power and the upper hand over women.
  • We as men have control over what is both ours and our wives...Plain and simple.
  • “[He takes a step toward her, biting his tongue which protrudes between his lips.]…Come to think of it-maybe you wouldn't be bad to interfere with ... Oh! So you want some rough-house! All right, have some rough-house! [He springs toward her, overturning the table. She cries out and strikes at him with the bottle top but he catches her wrist.] Tiger-tiger! Drop the bottle top! Drop it! We've had this date with each other from the beginning!”
  • During this scene Stanley oversteps his boundaries and rapes Blanche, while Blanche has the inability to fight back and overcome Stanley. This relates to gender roles because women are unable to escape the grasp and authority of man. This sexual scene shows the very role of men displayed by Williams as the desire for power and dominion over women in society by making them vulnerable and an unable to flee from the hands of man.
  • Stanley raped me...I...I don't know what to do or who to go to...no one will believe me...
  • As displayed by Tennessee Williams in both the incidents of Stanley claiming authority over Stella's belongings and Stanley's raping of Blanche, it is portrayed that men have the upper hand in society because of their masculine desire of power, control, and dominion over not only women by causing a sense of vulnerability and being unable to escape, but life in general.
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