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Williams Vs Albee

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Literature II Williams/Albee - Stanley/George Comparison The two main characters in both "Streetcar" & "Virginia Woolf" give an amazing portrayal of males trying to remain dominant in an environment where a female character is trying to "rule the roost". Their upbringings are entirely different in both character and education, however their overall goals throughout both plays is the same; to assert their authority in their own domain. Stanley Kowalski has to deal with the aging spinster in the form of Blanche DuBois, who challenges him in many ways. She pushes his buttons in such a way that cause him to lash out, in the end with dramatic consequences. When she witnesses, or rather overhears, Stanley striking Stella she reacts as any woman does, however she does not until later realise that Stanley's love for Stella knows no boundaries, she views his actions as barbaric and cannot comprehend how Stella could take him back into her arms lovingly with no qualms or major reactions to him striking her, especially whilst pregnant. Stanley has been raised to be a man's man, to fight for your rights and to be the man of the house at all times, his attitude towards women could be called brutish by some but he has been conditioned to have this attitude by his childhood. ...read more.


agreement is often set in place at the start of a marriage in order to avoid one party taking more than they are entitled to if the worst should happen and they end up divorcing. Stanley uses this "code" to contest the fact that Stella and Blanche's estate, Belle Reve, being "lost" due to Blanche's actions. He feels he should be entitled to half of the proceeds of the sale and challenges Blanche to produced a bill of sale and explain to him why there is no money. One cannot blame Stanley for wanting to know why there wasn't an equal share that by all rights should have been given to Stella and himself; they are living in a relatively poor area in poor conditions. His love for Stella being what it is, it is not wrong for him to want to give her a better life than the one that she lives in now, as well as wanting to provide a safe, clean and prosperous upbringing for his first child with Stella. When he finds out that there was no money obtained by Blanche when Belle Reve was "lost" he becomes angry and believes that she has spent it all on expensive furs and the like, this is the starting point for their rivalry and coupled with Blanche's attitude towards Stanley throughout the rest of the play and her lack of appreciation towards his hospitality, is the pinnacle point that leads to Stanley's brutal attack on her in the crucial tenth scene. ...read more.


both his wife, by destroying the lie that she has let engulf her for so long, and Nick and Honey's seemingly perfect marriage, revealing the true nature of Nick to Honey. It is hard for me to decided on a preference with regards to which main male character has a more powerful effect on the other characters in the plays selected here. Both male characters have different obstacles to deal with during the portion of their lives we are invited to view in each respective work of fiction. Stanley has an interfering sister-in-law who causes friction between himself and his wife and upsets their otherwise perfect life, whilst George has to contend with an advancement seeking guest and his oblivious wife and his own wife who lives in a self made dream world. Upon consideration I would say that George's actions on the night portrayed in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" would be more devastating than Stanley's, not to imply that Stanley's actions are not without their devastating repercussions. George's actions bring his wife Martha to a realisation in herself, one that no doubt has saved a portion of their marriage from continual torment and have also destroyed the otherwise happy union of a young couple. He uses his intelligence rather than his brutality to do this and I feel from a personal view point that his actions show us that violence does not always solve problems. ...read more.

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