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A Streetcar Named Desire Essay

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Streetcar Named Desire Consider the way Stanley Kowalski is presented. What is his importance to the play as a whole? Stanley Kowalski is a man of dominance, with intense masculinity and sexual magnetism. His character is based on Tennessee William's father in his youth and is presented very strongly; his physical and mental attributes make him an important and significant character in the play. Stanley's attitudes and behaviour are directly linked to the main themes within the play. His desire towards Stella and social class issues towards Blanche are examples of this. Stanley's language and grammar throughout the play show he is a common and working class man. Stanley is seen to be a very dominant and forceful man. This can be seen clearly when Stella, his wife, gives him an order. Not wanting to be told what to do, as this is not living up to his stereotypical, dominating male image, he replies "since when do you give me orders?" ...read more.


He tells her "If I didn't know that you was my wife's sister, I'd get ideas about you!" (Page 21.) This strongly suggests to Blanche that her flirtatious manner could be mistaken for that of a prostitute. Stanley also resents Blanche for intruding on his, what was a happy and balanced home life. Stanley loves Stella passionately, proving to Blanche that their love is stronger than she may have previously thought. Stanley takes great offence when referred to as a "Polack" by Blanche. She calls it him throughout the play until he finally snaps, saying "I am not a Polack. People from Poland are poles, not Polacks. But what I am is one hundred percent American, born and raised in the greatest country on Earth and proud as hell of it, so don't ever call me a Polack." This shows how he wants to represent the New American Society. Blanche says of Stanley "There is something down-right-bestial about him" (page 40.) ...read more.


Stanley describes when he and Stella first met "I was as common as dirt. I pulled you down from off them columns and how you loved it!" This shows how he thinks he pulled Stella down to his own social class level once they had met. It again indicates his awareness towards social class. The final scene is where Blanche is taken away by the doctor, showing Stanley with Stella and the new baby. He is comforting his clearly upset wife. He says "Now love. Now honey. Now, now love." It is ironic that he is portrayed as a real family - oriented man in this final scene considering his actions during the rest of the play. In conclusion, Stanley Kowalski plays an important role in the play. He is the main factor behind the downfall of the main character, Blanche. He takes full advantage of his role as a strong, confident, dominant male to do this. The way his character is directly linked to they key themes within the play - Desire, fate, social class and madness also contributes to making him an important character. ?? ?? ?? ?? Becky Mayor Streetcar Named Desire ...read more.

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