Streetcar Named Desire "Stanley Analysis"

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People cannot deny the fact that Stanley Kowalski is a fascinating character. We see him as romantic but at the same time as dominant and brutish. We like him but also recoil from him because of things he does. We admire his strength and physical attributes but detest his cruelty and ignorance. It is inevitable that these opposing views of the character add to his essence in the play. Audience members may well see Stanley as an egalitarian hero at the play's start. He is loyal to his friends and passionate to his wife. Stanley possesses an animalistic physical vigor that is evident in his love of work, of fighting, and of sex. He has the typical gallant man prototype: strong body, handsome face, and manly features. Unfortunately (if we may say) that is one of his attributes that attract many people. From Scene One, Stella and Stanley seem pretty happy with each other, and also content in their gender roles. We can perceive this when Stanley comes on stage, bellows, and hurls a pack of meat up to his wife, who is standing on the landing of their apartment. He's providing the day's dinner, and she laughs and his gruff antics, happy to make their meal and watch him go bowling with his friends. Problems arise when Blanche arrives at the house but before we this we can’t assume they did not have a good relationship. In fact, their first interaction in Scene One is a normal and good example of a relationship. The complete turn-around he pulls in Scene Three from a raging, abusive drunk to a tender, loving husband certainly leaves our heads spinning. Stanley stumbles around calling out “Steeelllaaa” in a drunken sweaty animal like manner “My baby doll’s left me!” he cries, and breaks into sobs. When he and Stella reunite at the bottom of the stairs, it’s a touching and incredibly tender moment. As Stella tells Blanche the next day, “He was as good as a lamb when I came

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