Street Car Named Desire Essay

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In the play A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams uses his brilliant writing to bring life to his characters in the story. I will be composing a character sketch on Stanley, one of the main actors in the play. I will focus on evaluating Stanley’s ever changing character traits in the role he plays. They consist of different moods that he demonstrates during the play: his aggressiveness, his love for Stella and also his rudeness and cruelty towards Blanche.

Let’s begin by talking about the way Stanley’s aggressiveness affects the climax of the play. During scene three, while the boys were playing poker, Blanche and Stella come into the kitchen and, as a result, disrupt the games. This got Stanley very angry and violent . For this reason he got up and began attacking Stella. Here is a passage from that scene: “ Men: Take it easy, Stanley, easy fellow,--Let’s all--. Stella: You lay your hands on me and I’ll—“(57) This just proves what I was saying about one of Stanley’s moods. His violence and the fact that he looses control of his actions is one characteristic which I didn’t particularly like at all about Stanley. Here’s another passage in Scene 10 that really show’s how mean Stanley really is. This scene depicts when Stanley gets into a fight with Blanche. The scene concludes on a sour note when Blanche breaks a bottle top on the table and try’s to hurt Stanley . Stanley says: “Oh! So you want some rough-house! All-right, let’s have some rough-house!”(130) Stanley grabbed Blanche’s hand which made her drop the bottle top. She fell to her knees and he / took advantage of her helplessness, too her to the bed and raped her. This is not the only dark side of Stanley, as you will see in the following paragraphs.

On the lighter side, let’s think about another character trait of Stanley’s caring...
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