A Streetcar Named Desire Masculinity Analysis

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In A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams distinguishes the masculinity and femininity of Blanche and Stanley by establishing the range of emotions and behaviors each character demonstrates during interactions with other people. Throughout the scenes in A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams has repeatedly characterized Stanley Kowalski having animalistic behavior and developing masculinity. Initially, Williams depicted Stanley as a white collar everyday individual when Stella shows her sister, Blanche, a picture of Stanley as a Sergeant in the Army. In the beginning of the novel, Stanley was light and playful with Stella, especially when he teased Stella before going to the bowling alley to hang out with his friends. This instance showed a piece of Stanley’s southern charm. However, to better see the battling masculinity and femininity can be espied through his many conversations with Blanche which is when his new aggression toward everyone starts to be noticed. Stanley began yelling at his friends during pokers games and would argue about Stella and Blanche’s previous residence, Belle Reve any. He would verbally berate Stella about the status of the residence and claims that Stella was more so his property than a lamp in his house, quite often. Williams writes in this…show more content…
Stanley developed into an animalistic character that wanted to prove his masculinity by making sure Blanche and everyone else knew that he was the most powerful one in the room. This is unlike chatty Blanche who overzealously tried to let everyone understand that she must be treated like a queen because she is a lady. Femininity is the most important thing to Blanche, and she expresses this by exaggeration and
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