Is it Homer Kowalski or Stanley Kowalski? Essay

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The Simpsons episode, “ A Streetcar Named Marge” is a satire of the Tennessee Williams play, A Streetcar Named Desire. In addition, the episode makes allusions to the Williams’ play, Ayn Rand, Hitchcock’s “Birds”, Mission Impossible, and The Great Escape. In this episode, Marge is casted for the role of Blanche Dubois in a showing of A Streetcar Named Desire. Ironically, the show is a musical, which conveys a happy, lively, and youth like tone, compared to the serious, and mature tone of A Streetcar Named Desire. Although, The Simpsons is humorous show, it does shine light on the realities of modern culture. Nevertheless, the episode “A Streetcar Named Marge” draws a serious comparison between Homer Simpson and Stanley Kowalski and their …show more content…
Also, Homer yells to Marge after a war of words, “Maaaaaarrrge”, clearly referencing Stanley’s famous yell, “Stellllllaaaaaa”. When watching this scene in The Simpsons, the viewer automatically makes the connection to Streetcar, which only strengthens the comparison between Stanley and Homer. Furthermore, both Homer and Stanley have been compared to animals, and more specifically apes, by other characters. In scene four of A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche tells Stella her opinion of Stanley and says, “He acts like an animal, has an animal’s habits! ... There’s even some-thing – sub-human – something not quite to the stage of humanity yet! Yes, something – ape like about him” (83). On the other hand, in The Simpsons, while Marge and Homer are fighting, Marge says, “Keep yelling you big ape”. The word ape, when describing a person connotes barbaric behavior, violence, and lack of intelligence. These associations with apes are very similar to the way that Director Llewellyn and Marge previously characterize Homer and Stanley. In addition to similarities in their character, they also have specific hobbies in common: bowling, and drinking. While the detail may be overlooked while viewing the episode, it is significant nonetheless. While Marge and Homer are sitting in their bed, Homer is seen playing a bowling game on a game boy like device. This draws parallels to the opening scene in “A Streetcar Named

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