Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire


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Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire"


The play 'A Street Car Named Desire' by Tennessee Williams has many
characters with different personalities. One character that seems to
play an important part in this play is Stanley. The ruff and hardened
blunt husband of Stella, this is shown to us in the first two scenes
introduces this character to the audience, and shows his attitude
towards the environment that he lives in. Through out the following I
shall be discussing about how Tennessee Williams introduces Stanley to
the audience and this helps us learn about him.

At the beginning of the first scene the audience meets Stanley,
Tennessee presents Stanly and a friend (Mitch) as 'They are about
twenty-eight or thirty years old roughly dressed in blue denim work
clothes'. This gives us an immediate impression of a classic American
working class guy, that doesn't have an impressive education record.
Tennessee shows another example that 'Stanley' is of a low status,
when he addresses 'Stella' as 'Baby!'. This shows the audience that
Stanley is not being rude, but it is just the way in which he has
developed his vocabulary in a slang street manor. It also shows the
audience that he shows little respect even with the use of this slang
terminology.

Another aspect that the audience will learn about Stanley is that he
is adored by his wife 'Stella' this is shown when she asks Stanley if
she can come and watch him play bowling. This would not be normal
behavior of average women in the time since, the time when the play is
set bowling was to be a manly sport. However one is left to wonder
whether if Stanley simply draws women to him in this idealistic way.
This extravagant entrance for the character Stanley , makes the
audience feel that he has an important influence in the play.

Stanley is portrayed as a womanizer, and he carries on with this
practice even after he knows that his wife is pregnant. It's bad
enough that he is carrying on with this when he has a wife. The
audience is made to feel that Stella knows of his habits of purposely
attracting women and flirting ass it has to have been the same way he
got involved with Stella. This could be a suggestion of why Stella
asked him if she could join him and watch at the bowling alley.
Stanley is portrayed as the man you love to hate, he is thee man that
men want to be and the ruff end qualities women drawn to. Even though
he hasn't been brought in the rich heritage the Stella and her sister

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Blanche have been brought in he shows no sine of a missing quality.

Stanley's lack of respect for women is shown in the second scene when
he blatantly flirts with Stella's blood sister and attempts to seduce
her. Knowing fully that his wife is just outside on the porch.
Stanley's lack of education is shown when he refers to the Napoleonic
code, and tries to tie Stella's assets to himself. In the second scene
Stanley's greed for extra money is shown, when he gets far to
interested in Stella's asset and will use methods possible to get her
money. However when he begins to scuffle through Blanches trunk not
caring at the least at the mess he is creating, Tennessee lets the
audience once again that he doesn't show women a lot of respect to say
the least. This situation illustrates to the audience how low he will
stoop for access to money that legally doesn't even belong to him.

To conclude Tennessee has illustrated Stanley as a womanizer who aims
to seducing women at all expenses, and he show less to no respect
towards women. The audience has also learned at this stage that he
will stop at no extent to gain Stella's money and probably spend it in
an unethical way. This is what we have learnt so far how this intense
character will develop in the rest of the play one is left to wonder.


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