A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams Essay

1309 Words Feb 9th, 2015 6 Pages
"The major feature of the social status of men and women is the dominance of men in virtually every aspect of modern life"(Robinson, Frost, Buccigrossi, Pfeffer 2-17). Throughout the Earth 's history, men have always been portrayed as strong, great leaders. Women on the other hand, have been portrayed as weak and timid. As a result, many of women 's rights in the late 1940 's, early 1950 's have been hampered by men and political leaders. Famous author, Tennessee Williams, wrote the play A Streetcar Named Desire during that time period. Corresponding to the time period, one of the main themes of the play is the role of genders. The two main female characters, sisters Stella Kowalski and Blanche DuBois, are inferior to Stanley Kowalski for his assertive behavior. They try to stand up to him, but he continues to lash out at them and prove that his masculinity is all-powerful. Tennessee Williams ' play, A Streetcar Named Desire, illustrates the power struggle between men and women with its underlying theme of violence.
Stanley 's abuse towards his wife, Stella, shows his dominance in the play. In scene 3, Stella walks out of the bathroom to see Mitch, Stanley 's friend, and Blanche talking. Blanche turns on the radio for a second time. Stanley yells from the other room, where he and his friends are playing poker, to have them turn it off. They do not listen to Stanley and an argument arises. Stanley comes into the room to turn it off, but Blanche turns it on again, and…

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