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Examples of compelling and powerful moments in 'A Street Car Named Desire'.

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Examples of compelling and powerful moments in 'A Street Car Named Desire' Stanley Kowalski displays his brutality in many ways during the course of the play; he is the character who provides the most tension and uproar amongst the other characters. Stanley Kowalski is a very brutal and barbaric person who always has to feel that no one is better than him. He shows this when he cruelly reminds Stella that he is 'the King' of their home. His brutish and ferocious actions during the play leave the reader with a bad taste in their mouths. Stanley's brutality is shown in several places during the duration of the play. For example, his first array of brutality is evident at the poker night when he gets so angry and throws the radio out the window. Another example of his brutality is displayed when he beats his wife, Stella so hard that she 'cries out'. Lastly, his arrogance and ferocious actions are most apparent when he rapes Blanche, while his wife is in labour in the hospital. ...read more.

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When he threw the radio out the window, he then immediately charged right at his wife, Stella. He was in such rage and he was so drunk that when he reached her he hit her in the face. Luckily, before he could hurt her again his friends grabbed him and pinned him to the floor. This action leads the reader to believe that he is a very brutal person and needs some psychological help to aid him to control his temper. This again provides a sense of foreboding, as we now understand what Stanley is capable of, he is capable of beating his own wife which enables us to see that he is going to be a dangerous character. Lastly, and the most evident action that leads the reader to believe that Stanley is very ferocious and rapacious is when he rapes Blanche. When Blanche finds out that Stanley has to spend the night at home because Stella did not give birth yet, she becomes wary and is alarmed at the thought of being alone with Stanley. ...read more.

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However Scene 3 holds the most dramatic moments and powerful happenings in my opinion, all of which are centred on Stanley. Dripping wet with water, Stanley realizes he has struck and abused Stella, and feeling repentant, he searches for her. Stella and Blanche have sought protective refuge in an upstairs apartment. Animalistic and virile in a wet, torn T-shirt, he bellows repeatedly for Stella from the street in front of their building, begging for her return: "Hey Stell - Lahhhhh!" With the low moan of a clarinet, Stella finally responds to her contradictory impulses - her anger melts into forgiveness, her fear into desire. She leaves the shelter of the upstairs apartment and stands staring down at him from the upper landing. Then, she surrenders herself to him - she slowly descends the spiralling stairs to him and comes down to his level. He drops to his knees, crying. She sympathizes with him as he presses his face to her pregnant belly, and they embrace and kiss. Stanley begs: "Don't ever leave me, baby," and then literally sweeps her off her feet - he carries her into their dark apartment for a night of passion. ...read more.

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