Character of Stanley

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  • Stanley Kowalski
    • Context
      • Williams mimics classical tragedy by not showing the actual **** - not acceptable for stage in the 1940s
      • Williams arguably based Stanley on his father, and other men that tormented him.
      • Play connects with the new idea of American realism that developed in the Depression after WWII - Stanley was in the army and tries to live in post war America
    • Key Quotes
      • "People from Poland are Poles, not Polacks. But what I am is one hundred percent American, born and raised in the greatest country on earth and proud as hell of it, so don't ever call me a Polack."
      • "when you're under the Napoleonic code I'm swindled too. And I don't like to be swindled."
      • Stell-laaaaah!"
      • "Something ape-like about him!"
      • "I am the king around here"
      • "I've been onto you from the start!"
    • Critical Interpretations
      • Post Modernism
        • Changes in the acceptance of forgiveness - Stella forgives Stanley as she loves him so much she moves past it. Blanche couldn't find this in her  relationships as they did not have requited love.
      • Feminist Approach
        • Un-even male and female balance of power represents the treatment of women in 1940s America. Blanche and Stella need a man to survive - Blanche decays on her own.
    • A04 Links
      • Marlon Brando's representation of Stanley
        • Seen as too "sensitive" and engaging and audience actually identifies with his feelings about Blanche
      • The Great Gatsby. Scott F. Fitzgerald
        • George Wilson - both lower class married men. Whilst George looks up to the higher class, envying them, Stanley acts against them.
          • In the end, both characters end up destroying the higher classes.
        • Tom Buchanan - both the dominant male in the household, with animalistic characteristics and appearances.
        • The American Dream
          • Gatsby almost achieves this, he gets the riches and the lifestyle - but not his childhood dream of Daisy.
          • Stanley almost achieves it too, except he can't quite top Stella's previous riches.
    • Character Overview
      • epitome of vital force
      • Represents the new diverse America
      • Strong believer in realism and practicality
        • doesn't have patience for Blanche's romantic, deluded view of the world
      • Irony - he is a proud family man, yet he ****s his sister in law and abuses his wife
    • Analysis
      • Stanley's address - Elysian Fields is also the name of the ancient Greek afterlife. Stanley is uncivilised and primitive - he is at home there.
      • Napoleonic Code - exposes his conflict with Blanche is focused on gender. His greed is symbolic of his misogyny - he feels as if he owns Stella and owns her inheritance.
      • Bellows Stella's name - like an injured animal calling for its mate.
      • Discordant sounds play as Stanley's violence escalates


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