A Streetcar Named Desire 2


"We are all civilized people, which means that we are all savages at heart, but observing a few amenities of civilized behavior." Tennessee Williams.
To what extent is this view of life reflected in the actions of Stanley, Blanche and Stella?
'A Streetcar Named Desire' is a very socially challenging play in the way in which Tennessee Williams depicts how brutal and deceiving human nature can be. He takes the point of view that no matter how structured or 'civilized' society is, all people will rely on their natural animal instincts, such as dominance and deception, to get themselves out of trouble at some stage in life, even if they don't realize it.
William's has created three main ...

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is Stanley Kowalski. He is a large well-toned, territorial male with simple beliefs and a short temper. He feels threatened by Blanche because she moves in on his territory and wants Stella to leave him. At first, Stanley acts physically dominant over both Blanche and Stella; by rifling through Blanches possessions (act 1 scene 3 pg.124 ), quoting to Stella and Blanche that 'every man is a king' (act scene 8 pg.197-198 ), throwing the radio out the window in a drunken frenzy and actually striking his pregnant wife (Stella) (act 1 scene 3 pg. 152-155). However, towards the end of the play, Stanley realizes his power over Blanche and he acts a lot wiser, but still with the same intentions. He dresses smarter, talks to her nicely, but mockingly, and finally rapes her just to prove his status and to fulfil his 'desire' (act 1, scene 10, pg.215).
In the powerful scene where Stanley looses total control of his actions and strikes the person who he has sworn to protect, love and to hold. ...

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Added: 7/22/2005 10:36:38 AM
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