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  • How does playwright Tennessee Williams use the character's action, description, or words to make a strong statement about gender in our society? 
  • In the play "Streetcar named desire" by author Tennessee Williams, the narrator describes Stanley Kowalski as a symbol for brutality and oppression. He is considered "the gaudy seed-bearer" who takes pleasure in his masculinity. His innate character trait ushers him to highlight his views upon gender, whom he sees as hierarchical. 
  • "Hey, there Stella baby....here catch"  "Meat"
  •  "what?"  "Where are you going Stanley?"
  •  Stanley at first is a man of structure and simplicity. The stereotypical traditions of men is ingrained in his perspective of gender role which he finds practicing and partaking in. He maintains the stereotypical gender role in his household by expressing who takes the position doing housework, getting food, and cooking for the house. His relationship with Stella appears to be very good. This is shown when Stanley comes on stage and hurls a pack of meat to his wife. He essentially is providing the household with dinner, while Stella laughs and is happy to see him go bowling. Stanley is a man of conservative value and views gender role in a formal direction
  • Stanley's masculinity is defined by the manner in which he enforces his power. The alpha male tendency he adopts to exert his dominance over his wife, in his perspective re-establishes the dynamic their relationship held- he was the   [She backs out of sight. He advances and disappears. There is the sound of a blow. Stella criesout. Blanche screams and runs into the kitchen. The men rush forward and there is grappling andcursing. Something is overturned with a crash.]
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