January 16, 2012
Scholars English IV
A Streetcar Named Desire
A Streetcar Named Desire was written by American playwright Tennessee Williams. Published in 1947, the theatre piece is one of his most recognizable works. Throughout the play, Williams demonstrates a number of different themes that some of the main characters portray. One of these themes is a primitive theme, which the one of the main characters dominantly shows, Stanley Kowalski. Tennessee Williams uses the primal actions of Stanley Kowalski to really depict the time frame in America to the reader, the 1940s, where man was certainly the head of all families and always in control. Stanley’s primitive behaviors grow more and more noticeable as the play progresses.
At the beginning of the play when Stanley was first introduced, he showed his first, more subtle animalistic style. After coming home from work, Stanley’s sister-in- law, Blanche DuBois, had arrived to his house from Mississippi. His wife, Stella Kowalski, acquainted them and then Stanley asks Blanche is she minded if he were to take of his shirt, “My clothes’re stickin’ to me…can I make myself comfortable?” (Page 30). This is a primitive example because people do not usually take off their clothing just as soon as they meet somebody new. It is considered a little bit disrespectful. Animals can do whatever they whenever they please similarly like Stanley taking of his shirt and not having any manners for guests.
When Stanley learns from Stella that Blanche lost her plantation named Belle Reve, he questions where the deed had gone. He felt very angry and felt that Blanche is keeping and hiding all of this money she supposedly got from losing the land. He then asks Blanche if she ever had a suitor because if she did, then the money would go to the male. He explains the “Napoleonic Code” (Page 35) which states that in a marriage, whatever the husband owns is his and...
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