Concept Of Desire In A Streetcar Named Desire

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Individuals who feel the most inferior are usually ones who resort to taking control by the use of fear and pain. Someone who desires control over everyone most likely has felt a sense of inferiority so intense that it becomes almost like a second instinct to take control. In A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, Stanley is a very violent man who uses brute force to take control of Stella, Blanche, and everyone in his life. Stanley, being of a lower class than Blanche, felt threatened by her arrival as well as her demeaning attitude towards him, which led him to act violently in order to feel back in control. This shows that Stanley is simply feeling threatened and resorts to brute force to achieve that sense of control he desires. …show more content…
Stanley’s vicious nature is caused by his own vulnerability which is resolved with such brute force; he is aggressive towards Blanche and everyone else who defies or intimidates him. Using Stanley’s character, Williams reveals that this primal instinct is originated by a sense of inferiority, thus humanizing these monster-like, violent types of men to assist those under such men to understand and adapt to them.
Stanley’s savage, animal like description and tendency of relying on brute force to solve his problems reveals that deep down he feels inferior and threatened by others. Stanley has been feeling inferior, that there is proof of, since he met Stella, “STANLEY: When we first met, me and you, you thought I was common. How right you was, baby. I was common as dirt” (Williams). Stanley, having felt lesser than Stella, used brute force to dominate her entirely. This creates an image of Stanley as a savage individual, but also shows that relying on brute of is a reaction to inferiority. Stanley’s inferiority complex is exemplified once Blanche became a part of his life, “BLANCHE: He acts like an animal, has an animal 's
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This humanizes Stanley revealing that the men who act this viciously should not be feared since they are only humans who can be dealt with. Blanche’s description of Stanley shows how he basically reacts in unpredictable ways, “BLANCHE: Maybe he 'll strike you or maybe grunt and kiss you! That is, if kisses have been discovered yet! Night falls and the other apes gather!” (Williams). Blanche at this point dehumanizes Stanley, putting herself and Stella more under his thumb, making him seem like if he is a monster with no rationale. Stanley reacting so aggressively shows that he simply is threatened by Blanche, “STELLA: You didn 't need to do that. STANLEY: Don 't forget all that I took off her. STELLA: You needn 't have been so cruel to someone alone as she is” (Williams). At this point, Stella is too afraid of Stanley to realize that the only reason he is attacking Blanche is because he feels threatened by her. The biggest sign that truly humanizes Stanley is his attempt of hurting Stella, “STANLEY: Lie Number One: All this squeamishness she puts on! You should just know the line she 's been feeding to Mitch--He thought she had never been more than kissed by a fellow! But Sister Blanche is no lily! Ha-ha! Some lily she is!” (Williams). Stanley’s effort to hurt Blanche in order to feel superior shows that he is going

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