Blanche Vs Stanley

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In the extravagant play, A Streetcar Named Desire, it features two main characters that dominate the spotlight with their opposing views. When Stella’s sister, Blanche, comes to town she disrupts everything that has been perfect for Stanley. Stanley and Blanche seem like night and day, but they correlate very well. During the play we see Blanche and Stanley in a sort of power struggle over Stella. Whether Stanley disagrees with Blanches sophisticated lifestyle, or Blanche calls Stanley an ape, they both crave a peaceful lifestyle, love and to be a controlling figure. Throughout the entirety of the play Tennessee Williams, the author, portrays Stanley in a loving relationship with his wife Stella. “It's gonna be all right again between you and me the way it was. You remember that way that it was? Them nights we …show more content…

To do this Stanley keeps asserting his authority of the household by “cleaning the dishes” and deciding when the poker game ends. He doesn’t take crap from anyone and when he doesn’t like something, like the radio playing, he takes action. “Now just remember what Huey Long said - that every man's a king - and I'm the King around here, and don't you forget it.”() Stanley asserts himself as the ruler of the household whether they like it or not. Blanche found herself in a similar role when she was taking care of Belle Reve. Also, in Blanche’s and Mitch’s relationship Blanche controls what the relationship means to the other person. Stella and Blanche discuss what Blanche plans to due with her relationship. “I want his respect. And men don't want anything they get too easy. But on the other hand men lose interest quickly. Especially when the girl is over--thirty.”(84) This quote shows that Blanche controls the relationship and how she she takes the time and effort to plan out her actions to have the best outcome for her and making Mitch fall in love with

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