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.
She is the housekeeper and obedient wife. Stella, however, represents complete indifference based on her domestic and submissive role: BLANCHE. No?—I’d forgotten how quiet you were. STELLA. You never did give me a chance to say much, Blanche.
“ ‘Sacre tonnerre,’ said the captain, ‘but is it feared that it was that accursed Englishman himself---the Scarlet Pimpernel’”(pg 15, Orczy). It was under the disguise of an old woman that the Pimpernel was able to rescue a family of French aristocrats, from right underneath the authority's noses. Those involved in the French revolution despise him for this ability to hide himself from them with his cunning. Chaveulin grows increasingly frustrated for not being able to discover the Pimpernel due to his master disguise skills. As the story continues to develop, it is clear that even the demeanors in personal and political affairs and such are disguised; not only by the Scarlet Pimpernel, but by Marguerite as well.
When Mitch confirmed what Stanley said about Blanche, reality set in for Mitch. Blanche was a liar so he did not want to marry her and escaped from her fantasy and lies. The characters that brought the idea of fantasy vs. reality and escapism was Blanche. Blanche being Stella’s sister, also came from a rich family.
Blanche and Stella certainly have different taste in guys and look for different qualities in their partners. For example, when Stella was telling blanche about their wedding night and how Stanley became violent and starting hitting light bulbs blanche was confused as to why Stella would let that happen. Stella responses by saying she was sort of thrilled by it. It is obvious that Stella likes the more aggressive masculinity type and Blanche likes the sensitive
But yet there is not any real consequence for his actions against Stella. The neighbor eventually does threaten to call the police, only because Stanley will not stop yelling Stella’s name, not because he hit her. Both Stella and Stanley accept what happened, as well as Eunice and Mitch. The only person that seems concerned by the events is Blanche, which is ironic considering that Blanche ends up going to a mental institution.
Consequentially, Tom wants to hush Myrtle immediately and breaks her nose as a result showing Tom is infuriated and will cause a scene at a party just from Myrtle’s brief actions. Jay Gatsby expresses epizeuxis by repeating “of course” when asked if lemon cakes will satisfy him and Daisy’s first meeting in five years. As illustrated, Gatsby is extremely anxious; nervous people tend to repeat themselves quickly as Gatsby does “hollowly” in the text. Gatsby is trying to tell himself that the meeting will be fine but internally his heart is beating a mile a minute. Nick notes how when he asked Gastby if the grass was alright, Gatsby inquired blankly about which grass and then answered vaguely because he did not even look at the scenery.
When it comes to her attention that Griet Is assisting Vermeer and keeps it a secret from her daughter that her husband is working closely with maid Griet, gave her instant power over Vermeer and Griet. If Maria Thins told her daughter of what was going on, it would sacrifice Griet’s job and her reputation. It would not so much sacrifice Vermeer as maids always take blame and people of such high social status reluctantly take accountability. When Catharina is led to the studio to find the painting of Griet possessing her pearl earrings. She was infuriated by this and when Maria Thins and Griet arrived on the scene, Maria asked Griet "Well,
Rappaccini also revealed his reason for poisoning Beatrice was to protect her so Baglioni and Guasconti were both wrong about Rappaccini not loving his daughter. Although it was too late the antidote killed Beatrice since she had too much poison in her system. In addition the story had many qualities similar to both Romeo and Juliet and Adam and Eve. The reason for Romeo and Juliet is since they both shared a forbidden love as well as the poison/antidote scene at the conclusion. Although the story is also similar to Adam and Eve since Beatrice appears to be similar to Eve, innocent and the garden was the equivalent to the garden of Eden beautiful but deadly.
As soon as she realizes her king, she “glanced at Penelope, keen to signal her” (Homer, Od, 19.539). Although Penelope was being distracted by Athena's divine intervention, Eurycleia's immediate reaction and Penelope's coincidental location seems a bit too suspicious to be an accident. Penelope has proven many times over the poem that she is just as clever and witty as her husband. Like kindred souls, it would not be unusual for her if she also tests those close to her to confirm their loyalty. Although she is not a god like Athena, Penelope has a mind that can rival Odysseus, whose mind has been praised by the gods