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How far would you agree that Stanley is ''an insensitive brute who destroys Blanche with cruel relish''?

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Introduction

How far would you agree that Stanley is ''an insensitive brute who destroys Blanche with cruel relish''? I agree with this statement, because, throughout the play Stanley's behaviour is inconsiderate and malicious towards Blanche. Right through the play Stanley and Blanche have a very tense and challenging relationship. Stanley's thug like behaviour is demonstrated when he hears the music on the radio and shouts at Blanche to, ''turn it off!'' then throws it out of the window. This shows that he likes to make her feel insecure and scared since he knows that he has power over her. The main focus point in the play is Stanley raping Blanche. Before he does this he declares, ''all right let's have some rough -house.'' This can be seen as another way for him to prove to her that he was in control and to almost degrade her to his level. ...read more.

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Therefore, we can see that there is a physical attraction from the start. Stanley appears to torment Blanche from the beginning, which may be due to there being a clash of social classes as Blanches attitude gives the impression that she feels she has a superiority over Stanley. On her birthday he gives her a ticket home because he wants to get rid of her. He is jealous of her because he no longer recieves Stella's undivided attention. ''I bought her a ticket myself. A bus ticket.'' Stanley knows this will humiliate her and enjoys winding her up. Although, Blanche mocks him behind his back to Stella. She describes him as having, ''something-ape like about him'' and says that, ''he acts like an animal.'' When Stanley hears this he gets angry but we find out that he begins to plot against Blanche, therefore he gives as good as he gets. ...read more.

Conclusion

Stanley is sarcastic and patronising as he leads Blanche on by playing along with her lies about Shep Huntleigh, ''into the picture pops a Miami millionaire.'' He does this intentionally to make her feel humiliated when he tells her the truth. Although she wasn't honest he constantly plays on her weaknesses, ''Take a look at yourself in that worn-out Mardi Gras outfit.'' He knows this will upset her as she cares a lot about her appearance. I would agree that Stanley is an insensitive brute who is out to destroy Blanche for the reason that he doesn't like her and hasn't liked her from the beginning of the play. Although Stanley went too far by raping Blanche, she did add too the situation by flirting with Stanley in the first place and then mocking him behind his back. However, Stanley's schemes clearly show that he found pleasure in upsetting Blanche; therefore he is a brute who does destroy her with cruel relish. ...read more.

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