Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire creates one of the most unusual antagonists in American drama. Stanley Kowalski has the perfect, happy life before his sister-in-law shows up to disturb his masculine, dominated world.
Stanley is aggressive, dominant, and sexual. He likes his life structured and simple. To Stanley, as the man of the house, he brings home the money, and Stella, his wife, shows him respect because of it.
He believes in the gender roles of the home. His plan is that he does what he wants, and Stella waits on him to come home to her. His time with his male friends is important to him. Most important is his sexual relationship with Stella. Life is good until Blanche Dubois destroys his perfect world.
Stanley is not a likeable character. His crudeness offends the reader; however, it is the abuse of his wife that is most disgusting. He hits his pregnant wife which is beyond criminal in nature. Yet, despite her best judgment, Stella goes back to...
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