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Given the video below, what connections could you draw to Stanley in A Streetcar Named...

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Posted August 22, 2012 at 9:12 AM via web

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Given the video below, what connections could you draw to Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire?

Violence Against Women: Australia Says No

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCCt-Bo07oc

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akannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 22, 2012 at 9:21 AM (Answer #1)

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I think that the video clip really speaks to how Stanley's animalistic approach would not be tolerated in the modern setting.  Stanley is able to use his power, his sense of machismo, as a way to exert control.  In the cultural context in which Stanley's character lives, this was seen as acceptable.  The video reflects how this approach is now viewed as socially unacceptable.  The issues of rape, sexual assault, and the refusal of men to recognize rightful boundaries of intimate contact is reflective of the base issue of power.  Stanley believes power to be a dominant force, reason enough he uses it against both sisters in a way to gain control over both of them.  The modern conception of rape and sexual assault is one of power and the need to reassert power into a dynamic where both parties are empowered is something that would marginalize Stanley.  As opposed to being seen as a "man's man" in the drama, Stanley would be seen as a rapist, a sexual predator that would be labeled by society as someone who would not be able to fit in it.  I also think that the ending of the video that calls out for men and women to seek help is something that would be really interesting in terms of Stanley's characterization.  Stanley is in need of some level of psychological help.  There are some issues related to violence, aggression, and control that he possesses.  The modern setting would not brush these issues aside, but rather suggest that he seek some level of professional help to ensure that these issues are understood in their own psychological context.

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