A Streetcar Named Desire

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In the play of A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams refers to human sexuality through the strong use of gender roles that represent the attitudes of post-war.

Stanley sees himself as the provider and head of the household. He is a very dominant and in control figure throughout the play. Stanley wears denim, drinks beer and plays poker several times in the play to show his carefree and powerful attitude towards life. He sees Stella's role as a homemaker, who stays at home, cooks his meals, and generally takes care of him. From the very start of the play we see that Stella and Stanley seem pretty happy with each other, and also content in their gender roles we see this in scene one when Stanley returns from work, bellows, and hurls a pack of meat up to his wife. He's providing the day's dinner, and she laughs at his gruff antics, happy to make their meal and watch him go bowling with his friends.

Stella in the play represents a very calm and relaxed woman. She cooks dinner, does the laundry and waits on her husband day after day. Stella is so wrapped up in Stanley’s appearance and sexually pleasing features that she doesn't seem to care about the way he treats her. During this time period women were very oblivious to the rude and harsh ways in which their husbands were treating them. All they wanted was to please them and to fulfil their every desire. Stella is a lost and powerless woman in society that is a slave to her husband. Stella represents most of the women in this time period.

Blanche on the other hand is a fallen woman in society’s eyes. She lost both her family fortune and estate; she lost her young husband to suicide years earlier, and her job due to being in a relationship with one of her students. She also has a bad drinking problem, which she covers up poorly. Behind her veneer of social snobbery and sexual behavior, Blanche is an…...

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