Tenessee Williams portrays Stanley Kowalski as stereotypically masculine in the nineteenth- century play

Tenessee Williams portrays Stanley Kowalski as stereotypically masculine in the nineteenth- century play, A Streetcar Named Desire. Stanley’s ill-mannered behavior is evident as the play begins to reveal its identity. “Stanley gives a loud whack of his hand on her Stella’s thigh. That’s not fun Stanley”, says Stella, following Stanley’s rude behavior (50). Such action from Stanley provides a warning sign that his actions will only worsen. While Stanley is enjoying a night of poker with his friends, Stella and Blanche persist in interrupting the match. Unfortunately for Stanley, the frustration he endures presents us another glimpse of his character because stage directions state, “he advances and disappears. There is the sound of a blow” (63). Stanley beats his poor spouse Stella, who was nearly innocent in the circumstance. Supper one night with constant bickering sees Stanley shatter a plate. During a heated exchange with Stella, Stanley reminds his sp by telling her, “I am the king around here, so don’t forget it” (131). Stanley’s anger is a result of Stella’s request to clear the table of plates. Rather than supporting Stella with what seemed to Stanley as manlike chores, he decides to cause further conflict.

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