A Streetcar Named Desire

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CHARACTER ANALYSIS STANLEY KOWALSKI In Tennessee Williams’ play , A Streetcar Named Desire, the main antagonist, Stanley Kowalski can only be described as down-to-earth and brutish. This is unquestionable and is evident throughout the play. Stanley is the antithesis of Blanche, polar opposites. She is quiet and fragile; he is loud and brutish. The conflict in the play arises from Stella’s arrival at the Kowalski’s residence and the meeting of these two contrasting characters. It is not difficult to see and understand Stanley’s motivation for most of his defining actions in the play, which stem from Blanche, who from his point of view is a disruptive presence that does not belong in his house and she annoys him. Blanche, being there coupled with Stanley’s dominant personality is the basis for his aggression and assertion in the play. Stanley, as is so often claimed by Blanche is simple. His motivations throughout the play are not very complex; he wants to be able to do what he wants and to maintain control whle he is at it. Stanley is evidently an alpha male; if someone is doing something that he doesn’t approve of, whether it makes sense or not, he is going to disagree. That makes it very easy to understand his actions. Blanche arrived uninvited to his home- his little castle, the place where Stanley dominates. This does not bode well and the relationship is strained from the onset. Throughout the play, Blanche made changes to his home as well as trying to come between him and his wife, Stella. Stanley didn’t approve of the lampshade simply because it wasn’t his decision. Stanley didn’t want to hear music when he played poker because it was distracting; he knew it was his home and he wanted to be able to do what he wanted- which is what he enjoyed when Stella was around. Blanche became a destructive force- she called Stanley a brute and even questioned
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