During the era of A Streetcar named desire (1947) and Death of a Salesman (1949), money and social status had power over peoples lives. In that sense, people were labeled for what they had. And the fast that money had power over the characters lives in both books, it showed that their world revolved around it. It also had so much power in the sense that both of the books ended in a negative note. So, i believe that Death Of a Salesman by Authur Miller and A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams connected in a sense that money created problems between the characters. In A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), Blanche Debois happenly decides to go visit her sister Stella Kowalski who lives in New Orleans. Blanche was not pleased when she arrived …show more content…
Stella lived her life depending on him whereas Blanche was currently on her own after her marriage and had no one to depend on but herself. Unfortunately there was a commotion that occured in scene 4 between Stanley and Stella. Blanche went to check up on Stella and was brutally convincing her to leave Stanley. The way that Stella responded to her made her look naive over the fact that Stanley was the issue. When Blanche and Stella were talking, Stella goes, “Stanley doesn’t give me a regular allowance, he likes to pay bills himself but this morning he gave me ten dollars to smooth things over (Williams, 78). Stanley thought money was going to fix the issue. Blanche still continued to get into Stellas head about him but she wasn’t trying to hear it. Blanches independency was what created space between her and Stella because of their opposite views on situations. And due to that fact, Stella saw Blanche as a judgemental …show more content…
His desire to control Biff’s life caused so many problems between them. His insecurity came out when he states “I’m like a boy, i’m not married, I’m not in business”. He felt like he wasn’t living life to his father's expectations. Biff:”Well, i spent six or seven years after high school trying to work myself up shipping clerk, salesman, business of one kind or another. And it’s a measly manner of existence. To get on that subway on the hot mornings in summer. To devote your whole life to keeping stock, or making phone calls, or selling or buying. To suffer fifty weeks of the year for the sake of a two-week vacation, when all you really desire is to be outdoors, with your shirt off. And always to have to get ahead of the next fella. And still-- that’s how you build a future”(Miller,10). Biff sounded fed up with the way he was living and the pressure that his father had on him turned him to who he was and how he was
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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. Williams uses these two contrasting points of views on marriage, to show the issues of possessiveness, class, and sexism. When it comes to Stanley’s marriage to Stella, one of the most notable characteristics is how possessive Stanley is. An example of this is when Stanley found out that Blanche and therefore Stella, lost their estate.
That is why he hates Blanche because she is not the same as the girls he has seen. He sees her as a threat in the sense that she will ruin the marriage between Stella and Stanley. However, he has feelings of self conscious and feels threatened because he feels like she can ruin him. He hates that Stella and Blanche were always wealthy and he feels as if they look down on him for being poor. He does not feeling submissive which is why he reacts harshly most of the time.
Blanche wanted Stella to think that she had higher standards than those that she was provided with. In meeting her sister’s husband, Blanche was immediately attracted to him because of his strong, manly structure. Once jealousy had struck her, Blanche started flirting with her sister’s husband but Stanley felt as if every word that came out of her mouth was a lie. While sharing her experience of Belle Reve with Stella, Blanche felt satisfaction as she could tell that her sister was feeling guilty for not being there. Suspicious of Blanche’s speech about the plantation, Stanley demanded to see the papers, stating that he was being “swindled” and that he “didn’t like being swindled”.
As soon as Blanche steps into the Kowalski household and meets Stanley, it is evident that her appearance is a threat to his superiority. Both characters attempt to establish dominance through their control over Stella, a minor character who exists mainly to deepen the contrast between Blanche and Stanley. In scene four, Blanche advises Stella to leave her abusive husband and attempts to influence her by saying “I have a plan for us both, to get us both—out!” (69).
For Blanche, her changing relationships with Stanley appeared on Stella’s attitudes. As fastidious as she cried out “…I haven’t washed or even powdered my face and – here you are!”(Act I, scene 1) in her first meeting with Stanley, her pretentious manner represented the upper-class family background that both Stella and she used to share. Having this advantage, she disparaged Stanley as an animal that “he acts like an animal, has an animal habits! Eats like one, moves like one, talks like one!”(Act I, scene 4), trying to bring Stella to her side in order to stay in the house. Meanwhile, physically and mentally, Stanley was too tough to be dealt with.
The themes of violence and power in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ hold an important role in the criticism of 1940s American society. Conflicts perpetuated by violence and power, such as abusive relationships and violent oppression are projected through the characters within the play. Williams uses these conflicts to highlight his criticisms of faltering values and social norms, from the perspective of an individual constrained by the expectations of a strict, Southern society. To begin with, there is an indefinite violence between men and women within ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’. Stanley Kowalski, a focal character, is the epitome of male dominance and primitive aggression.
She just “couldnt believe her storyand go on living with Stanley” (Williams 65). Stella decides not to believe Stanley could do such a horrid thing like aping her sister. Blanche says “Stanley Kowalski- survivor of the stone age… maybe he’ll strike you or mayb grunt and kiss you!” (Williams 83). Blanche shared her opinions on Stanley but Stella continues to ignore them.
She refused to leave him when Blanche insisted and didn’t believe Blanche when it came to her being raped. Blanche, Stella, and Stanley all have the same want to be desired. The ways they act and treat each other back that up. Blanche feels the need to be desired by everyone around her, Stanley by Stella and others, and Stella by Stanley. Their lives revolve around desire.
Society of Tennessee Williams’ time saw sexuality as a part of ourselves that should be suppressed because of it’s destructive nature. Throughout A Streetcar Named Desire Williams showcases his characters in this anti-sex society. He shows them in this society, not to praise it, but instead to highlight the negative effects of existing in such a world. Through the actions and consequences his characters face in conforming to societies’ standards Williams manages to communicate a story that condemns society for keeping people from expressing their sexuality and from being stable, whole and sexual human beings. Expressing sexuality or sexual desires leads the play 's characters to death or to ruin, the suppression of desire is destructive and
A streetcar named desire was written by Tennessee Williams in 1947, in purpose to show the “declining of the upper class and the domination of the bourgeois middle class in the U.S.A. where the south agriculture class could not compete with the industrialization.” Blanche Dubois the protagonist of our story, a southern beauty that is trapped by the restrictive laws of her society. But she broke them, and eventually put herself in a state, where she had no job and no house. So she had to go to her sister, Stella and live with her and her sister’s husband, Stanley. While staying there, she created a façade for her to hide her flaws and kept acting as a lady, where she is anything but that.
When Blanche arrives Stella tells her: “I can hardly stand it when he is away for a night… And when he comes back I cry on his lap like a baby” (Williams 19). Stella is showing how submissive she is to Stanley because he is able to fulfill all her desires and even when he makes mistakes, their sexual relationship
Stella loves her sister but she does not understand the fact that she does not approve of her life. Stanley has always disliked Blanche, her presence is a bother to him and eventually it becomes an internal conflict in which he begins to investigate her life. Both of these conflicts take a toll on their marriage.
They only “tolerate’ each other because of the reason they fight, Stella. Stanley believes Blanche’s intentions are not good and he believes she sold Belle Reve to gain wealth for herself and does not intend to share the wealth evenly with her sister. He has no patience for Stella and what she has to offer and her distortions of the truth. Blanche sees her visit to Stella as to “save’ her sister from her “monstrous” husband and Stanley believes her visit is to manipulate Stella and lie. He is heartlessly cruel to her and it is shown often during conversations between him and his wife.
When Stella’s sister Blanche visits she picks up on his character quickly comparing him to caveman with animal like behavior. Threaten by Blanche’s influence on Stella, Stanley acts out by breaking glasses and even striking Stella even though she is pregnant. At the beginning Stanley tosses Stella, a
He doesn’t say much and he doesn’t get extremely involved in the poker game. Stella is much stronger due to where she has lived for most of her womanhood. Blanche is broken and a little messed up; she is confused on where she has ended up and wonder why Stella would want this.