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    ordinary, fairly normal, and maybe even a little common. Stanley Kowalski, from Tennessee William’s A Streetcar Named Desire, certainly considers himself common, a fact he is both proud and ashamed of. He lives in a rougher city, where love is not always well understood. When his wife’s sister, Blanche, lives in his house for a while, Stanley is outraged and wants her gone, as she is everything he is not. Throughout the play, Stanley seems to dominate the scene with his loud presence. There are a few scenes of remorse, but he does not change throughout the play. He only continues what he knows how to do, which is abuse, dominate, and then be remorseful, but not remorseful enough to actually repent of his abusiveness. From the beginning, Stanley is shown as a man who needs to be manly. The very first description of him, where he is shown as “the emblem of the gaudy seed-bearer” (Williams 1826), one can see that he views the gentler sex as lower than him. He sees them as vessels for his pleasure, and while he might be willing to take a girl to completion,…

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    The play A Streetcar Named Desire explores brutality vs. tenderness displayed through the personalities of Stanley Kowalski and Blanche DuBois. Marlon Brando's charismatic portrayal of Stanley Kowalski in Elia Kazan's film version of A Streetcar Named Desire undermines the validity of Blanche's struggle. The contrast between Vivien Leigh's Blanche and Brando's Stanley emphasizes the most negative aspects of Blanche's character while supporting and validating the most positive of Stanley's,…

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    of living. Stella can “hardly stand it when [Stanley] is away for a night”, implying a form of sexual dependence on Stella’s part on her husband, who represents the typically masculine, if so masculine it treads into the animalistic. This dependence of Stella on the aggressive sexuality of her husband exemplifies her refusal to acknowledge her status in the relationship, as the marriage being “something [she] wants to get out of”, to be married to an implied rapist – one who rapes even her own…

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    Whether the horrible acts are spoken, physically expressed or the result of death from gunshots, the overarching theme that these three all display fit collectively under the category that is violence. Verbal abuse leaves lasting emotional scars that often cause more damage than any other form of violence. Stanley Kowalski, the antagonist in the play A Streetcar Named Desire, is an absolute vulgar working class brute who because of his strength and ferocity feels he can do and say anything he…

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    Besides the fact that Blanche and Stella are sisters, from the DuBois family. Their family was once part of the wealthy Southern aristocracy. When Blanche arrives at her sister, Stella’s apartment she looks down upon the small apartment and her working-class husband. Stella is content with her and Stanley’s life. Stella and Stanley have had a relationship strongly based in animalistic, emotional, and sexual chemistry. When Blanche moves in Stella begins to attending to Blanche’s needs more…

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    Progressive Perspective on A Streetcar Named Desire As it relates to the meanings of plays time, place and atmosphere are critical to conveying the playwright’s perspective on a particular topic. The particular topic that is focused on in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire is modern progressivism. This was a particularly edgy topic to speak on especially for the time period coming out of World War II. Tennessee Williams utilizes three key elements of time, place, and atmosphere to…

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    goal for example, in the play Act one starts with the inciting incident of Blanche arriving in New Orleans, she reunites with her sister, and meets Stanley. Conflict seems inevitable as we get a glimpse of Stanley’s violent nature and Blanche falling in love with Mitch. In Act two, protagonist works to achieve his/her goal and major part of story takes place, for example, in the play Act two, Stella reveals her pregnancy and Tension rise as Stanley grows more and more frustrated with…

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    Blanche arrives in New Orleans after having lost her family's tobacco plantation, with nothing but a trunk of clothes and her sexual desire to call her own. When first arriving in New Orleans, her sister's husband Stanley attempts to treat Blanche as any gentleman would, however Blanche refuses to ablige by his rules, and as the plot of the play continues Stanley starts to take any power that Blanche has left, until she is empty of any and has become completely marginalized. Stanley contributes…

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    As the story progresses into scene 2, the need for more information about Blanche becomes necessary for both the reader and for Stanley to form an opinion about her. The two characters have already begun their power play, each with the goal of gaining the dominance and control over the narrative of Blanche’s past. It is in these scenes as more of Blanche’s past is discovered that the shift of the protagonist begins to happen. Stanley learns of Blanche’s association with the Flamingo Hotel in…

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    Les Belles Soeurs, by Michel Tremblay is a play written in 1965 that addresses the issue of women socio economic constraints due to their language, greed and jealousy towards each other. The play is based on women working class struggles and the need to get wealth at any cost possible. Did you ever think of winning big? Well Germaine Lauzon a middle aged housewife in her forties certainly has and have boasted proudly about her winnings. She is a working class woman that is accustomed to a life…

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