A streetcar named desire

A streetcar named desire

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  • My name is Stanley Kowalski, and I am the toughest guy you will ever meet. I hold nothing back, and as Stella's sister would describe me, she says that I "act like an animal, has an animal's habits!....There is something not quite to the stage of humanity yet!" [Pg 74]. Whatever.
  • Catch!
  • Meat!
  • From pg 2 on pdf
  • What?
  • This first key moment is when the reader is first introduced to Stanley Kowalski, and in the key moment, he is returning from the butcher's and tosses meat at his wife, Stella Kowalski. This particular key moment is gender commentary because we are shown that Stanley is the "tough guy" in the play, and he does what every man was expected to at the time, which was to work hard and provide for his family. This key moment also answers the prompt through the action of Stanley throwing the meat, which makes the statement that in our society, males are the more dominant gender, as Stanley throws the meat to his wife, rather than respectfully handing it to her, showing dominance over Stella.
  • You want it in the papers?......
  • You must be Stanley. I'm Blanche.
  • From pg 21 on pdf
  • This second key moment is when the reader receives a detailed description of Stanley and  we get to see who he really is, and at the same time, he meets Blanche for the first time. This key moment depicts gender commentary because Stanley's description is a description for what a "real man" is, and indirectly telling the reader qualities that all men should have, through Stanley's own, such as being "strongly compactly built" or having "an appreciation of rough humor, good drink, his car, his radio, everything that is his". This key moment strongly answers the prompt through the description of Stanley. Through Stanley's background of his "earliest manhood, the center of his life has been pleasure with women",, Willaims make the statement that to men, women are nothing but objects, particularly used for sex only,  which adds further to the point of the dominance of men over women. 
  • In Tennessee Williams, a Streetcar Named Desire, the actions of Stanley when the reader is first introduced to him, and the description of Stanley both help make the statement about male gender dominance. The action of Stanley throwing the meat towards his wife shows how little respect he has for her and this asserts his dominance as a male. The description of Stanley and his "center of manhood" being all about having sex with woman further shows how Stanley thinks of women being sex objects; insignificant, adding to the statement of male being the dominant gender. 
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