The Street Car Named Desire


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Stanley’s Brutality In the Street Car Named Desire, by
Tennessee Williams, Stanley Kowalski displays his brutality
in many ways. This classical play is about Blanche Dubois’s
visit to Elysian Fields and her encounters with her sister’s
brutal and arrogant husband, Stanley Kowalski, and the
reveling truth of why Blanche really came. Stanley Kowalski
is a very brutal and barbaric person who always has to feel
that no one is better than him. His brutish and ferocious
actions during the play leave the reader with a bad taste in
their mouths. Stanley’s brutality is shown in several places
during the duration of The Street Car Named Desire . For
example, his first array of brutality is evident at the poker
night when he gets so angry and throws the radio out the
window. Another example of his brutality is displayed when
he beats his wife, Stella. Lastly, his arrogance and ferocious
actions are most apparent when he rapes Blanche, while his
wife is in labor in the hospital. Stanley Kowalski’s first
exhibition of his brutal actions occurs at poker night. Blanche
turns on the radio, but Stanley demands her to turn it off.
Blanche refuses and so Stanley gets up himself and turns it
off himself. When Stanley’s friend, Mitch, drops out of the
game to talk to Blanche, Stanley gets upset and he even gets
more upset when Blanche flicks on the radio. Due to the
music being on, Stanley, in a rage, stalks in the room and
grabs the radio and throws it out the window. His friends
immediately jump up, and then they drag him to the shower
to try to sober him up. This is the first example of Stanley’s
rage and brutality. Not only does throwing the radio out the
window represent an impure demeanor, but so does beating
your wife. During his entire rage during poker night he is not
sober which leads to another problem. When he threw the
radio out the window, he then immediately charged right at
his wife, Stella. He was in such rage and he was so drunk
that when he reached her he hit her in the face. Luckily,
before he can get another blow off his friends grabbed him
and pinned him to the floor. This action leads the reader to
believe that he is a very brutal person and needs some
psychological help to aid him to control his temper. This is
another example of why Stanley is so brutal. Lastly, and the
most evident action that leads the reader to believe that
Stanley is very ferocious and rapacious is when he rapes
Blanche Dubois. When Blanche finds out that Stanley has to
spend the night at home because Stella did not give birth yet,
she becomes wary and is alarmed at the thought that of
being alone in the house alone with him is a scary thought.
When Blanche tells Stanley that she has put Mitch in his
place for being mean to her, Stanley explodes in terror. Then
Stanley retreats to the bathroom to put on his silk pajamas.
When he comes out of the bathroom, Blanche is threatened
by his words and she smashes a bottle on the table to use
the sharp edge to fend him off. Stanley approaches her
carefully, but Blanche swings at him and Stanley catches her
arm and forces her to drop the weapon. She then collapses
at his feet and he picks her up and carries her to the
bedroom and rapes her. This event shows that Stanley is
very brutal and avaricious because it shows that he was
greedy to the fact that he could not just have one woman,
and it also showed that he is very arrogant because he feels
that now because he “conquered” Blanche and he has won.
In Conclusion, in The Street Car Named Desire, by
Tennessee Williams, Stanley’s brutality is evident throughout
the entire course of the play. Clearly, his rape of Blanche,
beating of Stella, and throwing the radio out the window are
all examples of why Stanley is such a fierce and intimidating
character in this play.