This relates back to the fact that she was dehumanized by society’s warped vision of gender roles. It’s also a good metaphor for her general character and its representation. To conclude, Curley’s wife in the 1937 novel Of Mice & Men is an accurate portrayal of the sexism during the ‘30s. She was mistreated by her husband, dehumanized, and forced into a life she never wanted. John Steinbeck was sexist in his writing, but simply because the time he lived in was as well, Curley’s wife being a victim of its horrors, rather than a
Gender Roles in A Streetcar Named Desire On the surface one can see the movie as supporting the normal gender roles of the 1950’s with the submissive stay at home wife and the overtly masculine husband who is the financial provider but when one looks closer one can see that A Streetcar Named Desire subverts many of those ideas while supporting others. Stanley is the dumb character whose worth is based on his looks, you can see this is how Stella patronizes his attempts at being intelligent in the Napoleonic Code scene and with how Blanche lusts after him when she first meets him, even the infamous Stella scene results in him being mocked by the neighbors because they see him being seen as being dependent on Stella. Neither Stella nor Blanche have any respect for him and continually condescend him. Throughout the movie despite being the most intimidating character Stanley has no power. This seems a dynamic that he is fine with when it comes to his relationship with Stella, probably because she does not actively burst his illusion of masculinity.
Examining Marriage in Tennessee William’s A Streetcar Named Desire Tennessee William’s 1947 play A Streetcar Named Desire takes place in Elysian Fields, New Orleans, and portrays the marital situation of this time. This play illustrates conflict over the marriage of Stella and Stanley. This marriage can be seen as strict, and controlling but also full of lust. Stella’s sister, Blanche, sees through the illusion and can see how toxic the marriage really is. Stanley and Blanche come from distinctly different backgrounds, Stanley is from the working class while Blanche comes from wealth.
However, in chapter 7, during the confrontation, Daisy quickly rethinks her decisions and states, ‘I did love him once – but I loved you too’. As Gatsby hopes and expectations of them being together breaks the audience starts to comprehend that Daisy contradicting statements is purely because she is afraid to leave Tom. Tom came from a wealthy family and was highly respected in society. Daisy knew that life with him would be luxiourous and entirely satisfactory in terms of respect and wealth. In addition, the author is trying to convey to the audience that Daisy is too secure in her marriage with Tom to even consider leaving it.
This quote is related to this story because it brings out the aspect of hatred among the families and how Romeo and Juliet transformed themselves from an enemy to more than a friend. They started off as rivals and never even knew about each other. Romeo and Juliet had fell in love at first sight. When they had learned that they were rivals they had felt no hatred, they just wanted to see each other again. When the
Blanche represents the old southern ways of The South, while the contrast to her is Stanley who represents the new Industrial Age. Throughout the story Blanche is constantly trying to recreate her past and bring things back to the way they used to be. This happens when she tries to persuade Mitch to be her suitor, but this is ruined by Stanley because he told Mitch the horrific past of Blanche. This makes Blanche realize that her past will always haunt her and this is where the readers start to see the old south dying out. Stanley finishes destroying Blanche by physically and sexually assaulting her.
A fragile victim of contempt, invasion of privacy, defamation, and rape attract one’s sympathy. In the play, A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, sympathy towards Blanche is attained. In the play Blanche is a mentally ill Southern belle, visiting her sister Stella in hopes of starting a new life. In Laurel Blanche loses Belle Reve, being unable to finance the funerals and house one her own when Stella leaves. Upon Blanche’s encounter with Stanley, he invades Blanche’s privacy, going through Blanche’s luggage and love letters.
In the texts it shows that it wasn’t the spouses that faced terror but family members as well. Since Nazi intimidation caused grave tensions and anxieties in these marriages and the divorce rate in the general population was on the rise. In the movie we do not view that; in fact we see that women were supporting each other and willing to save their spouses. The movie some ways showed that the Germans were not as threating but the texts shows how dangerous they were that families abandoned families. Moreover, the movie showed that after waiting for seven days and night in Rosenstrasse the men were set free, but in reality these Jewish men continued to be scrutinized and work difficult jobs.
However, she married Tom instead. When Crosby, Stills, and Nash sings “Don’t know when things went wrong”, it compares the idea of Gatsby that “There was a wholesome bulkiness about his person and his position and Daisy was flattered” (Fitzgerald 159), which means while Gatsby was in the war, Daisy found someone that better flattered her. Daisy believed that she needed a man with money and she couldn’t wait that long. Also, the misconception that people that go to war sometimes do not come back at all affected Daisy’s love for Gatsby overcoming all the social and economic struggles in
As the novel progresses, Nick becomes friends with a man named Gatsby, who is viewed as a mysterious figure to outsiders. Nick finds out his second cousin once removed, Daisy was once in love with Gatsby. Unfortunately for Gatsby, Daisy was more focused on money and the social power, so when he went to war, she did not wait for him, and instead married Tom Buchanan who had lots of “old” money. This shows the moral decay of society because Daisy left a man she loved (Gatsby) because she could not wait for him and he did not have the money. The name Daisy itself shows moral decay because in the novel the color yellow symbolizes moral decay.