Stanley Characterization

Stanley Characterization
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  • How Stanley is Perceived
  • “He acts like an animal, has an animal’s habits! Eats like one, moves like one, talks like one! There’s something – subhuman – something not quite the stage of humanity yet! Yes, something – ape-like about him, like one of those pictures…”
  • "Stop it Blanche! Im in love with Stanley!!"
  • Stanleys's Irrate Behavior
  • "Your face and your fingers are disgustingly greasy. Go and wash up and then help me clear the table.
  • "That's how I'll clear the table! Don't ever talk that way to me!"
  • How Stanley Views Himself
  • “Remember what Huey Long said--"Every Man is a King!" And I am the king around here, so don't forget it!”
  • Williams uses animal imagery to characterize Stanley as a brute, sexual, heartless man. The vivid imagery that is used to describe Stanley’s animalistic behavior and mentality, emphasize his territorial and possessive instincts. Just like most wild animals, Stanley is very overprotective over what is his, and this is why he begins to become jealous over Stella and Blanche’s relationship. He feels threatened as Blanche tries to convince his own wife to leave him.
  • He lashes out at any little thing that doesn't go his way, and makes it a priority to assert his dominance and have control at all times. Stanley facilitates the theme of violence; his violent temper gets the best of him as he is unable to control his emotions whenever he loses a sense in security of his manhood. The only way he is able to uphold his masculinity is with violence.
  • [He hurls a plate to the floor.]
  • Stanley feels as if he is the king of his household and being treated as anything less, will not be tolerated.
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