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Can we view Stanley sympathetically in scene 3?

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Sairah Ali 12 DEV Can we view Stanley sympathetically in scene 3? However to be able to view Stanley sympathetically we need to understand his emotion and mentality, before we make a full judgment on him. I personally feel Stanley is a harsh character but I also believe he is pushed into doing such actions and I cannot help feel that if Blanche had not visited none of this would have happened. In this particular scene I do sympathise with Stanley and I will go into greater detail to explain why I commiserate with his character. Stanley Kowalski is a very interesting and controlling character, although the usual reaction is to see him as a brute because of the way that he treats the delicate Blanche. But this dislike would stem from too much identification with Blanche. Stanley Kowalski lives in a basic, fundamental world which does not allow any form of disruption. He is the sort of man that likes to lay his cards on the table, and does not appreciate people who put on airs. To the over-sensitive person, such as Blanche, Stanley represents a holdover from the Stone Age. He is brutal and determined to destroy that which is not his. ...read more.


"(impatient with the story) Deal!" this is aimed at Steve who is sharing his crude racist joke during the game. Stanley is the only who is actually remotely offended by this joke which could be due to his Polish background. Consequently when the women return , and Blanche deliberately moves into the light when she is undressing as to be noticed. This is a demonstration of Blanches desire to be in the centre of attention, and her use of her body to attract attention, full well knowing that it is poker night, where the men have been drinking and gambling. Deliberately trying to interfere in Stanley's world. And successfully manages to lure Mitch from the game. "he was looking through them drapes." Stanley jerks roughly at the drapes in order to maintain his game. Stanley yells at Mitch to "sit down!" as he tries to rise from his seat using the excuse that he needs to go to the "head". Mitch who has been gone for awhile now as he is distracted by Blanche, Stanley is getting more and more anxious, as his attempts to call Mitch have been ignored. Stanley's lack of authority in his own home sparks off his retaliation towards Blanches actions by the only way he is noticed, by using physical force to get his message across. ...read more.


this is quite an emotional scene for the audience as we see that their relationship is very strong even though it is based on a physical attraction. 'He lifts her off her feet and bears her into the dark flat' . CONTROL ISSUE! STANLEY Throughout Blanche's stay at his house, he feels that she has drunk his liquor, eaten his food, used his house, but still has belittled him and has opposed him. She has never conceded to him his right to be the "king" in his own house. Thus, he must sit idly by and see his marriage and home destroyed, and himself belittled, or else he must strike back. His attack is slow and calculated. He begins to compile information about Blanche's past life. He must present her past life to his wife so that she can determine who is the superior person. When he has his information accumulated, he is convinced that however common he is, his life and his past are far superior to Blanche's. Now that he feels his superiority again, he begins to act. He feels that having proved how degenerate Blanche actually is, he is now justified in punishing her directly for all the indirect insults he has had to suffer from her. Thus he buys her the bus ticket back to Laurel and reveals her past to Mitch ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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