(All new People and A Street Car Named Desire) men are the savage and brutal forces of society

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Men are the savage and brutal forces of society". Compare and contrast
how masculinity is explored in two texts you have studied in light of this
The men in `A Streetcar Named Desire' are to a degree the savage and brutal forces of
society whereas the men in `All New People', while savage and brutal at times, are more the
victims of society than its driving force.
Stanley sees himself as a force of nature and a vital part of society as well as the head of the
house. This can be seen through his job and roles he plays which allows his masculine
behaviour to grow. Tennessee Williams, though his characters gives an insight to the 1950's
post-war America where masculinity and the divide between gender roles was prominent.
Stanley's physical masculinity and power is embedded deep within the play and is conveyed
through the way in which Stanley behaves and his desire to dominate everyone around him.
"[yelling]: Sit down!"
Stanley's character can also be linked to Myron from `All New People' as he too asserts his
authority and power over others. Myron himself can also be seen as a force of nature due to
his job as a fireman. "... and wears a fireman's uniform". The power of the uniform allows
Myron to believe that he can speak as he wishes with no care of the consequences "guys
like Kevin O'Donnell up there on Wall Street are dumping more money into whores..."
Another way in which Williams expresses masculinity is through the bottles of whisky on the
table. The fact that its whisky and not something like wine implies the hardcore masculine
traits as wine is usually seen in more romantic situations with women.
Stanley can also be seen as a similarity to Myron as he also drinks and takes drugs "...glue
calms me", "Myron begins to cut up lines of coke on the coffee table". Drinking and drugs
are significant in both plays because they're seen a form of escapism. Escapism is a theme
that runs through both plays and the form of escapism for both Stanley and Myron is the
same. The use drink and drugs to escape reality is common and accepted in both societies.
Mitch's character in `A Streetcar Named Desire' can be seen to represent an entirely
different character compared to Stanley and is noticeably more sensitive. He says about his
mother "she says to go out, so I go, but I don't enjoy it. All the while I keep wondering how
she is." From this we can see the love and compassion he holds towards his mother ­ a
woman, which is odd for a society where women are given no respect.
Similarly, Charlie's character in `All New People' can be seen to be the same as he says about
a girl he dated "she was so beautiful and sweet". The way in which he thinks, speaks and
communicates, expresses his calm, collected and sensitive nature.

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Mitch and Charlie can also be seen in a similar light as they are both shown to be lonely.
Mitch is shown to be lonely as he is fearful of what his plight will be when his mother dies
"you all are married. But I'll be alone when she goes..." Charlie is also lonely as when he was
asked why he hadn't written a suicide note he said it was "because I had no one to write it
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previously. Mitch says, "You need somebody. And I need somebody, too. Could it be -- you
and me, Blanche?" showing how much he needs someone.
Charlie can be seen as vulnerable when it comes to love because to be loved is what he
wishes as he fears being alone "before I would do anything I could to avoid being alone." And
`he smiles' when remembering his ex girlfriend.…read more

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them as tools and abuse them. `Stanley charges after Stella'. Throughout the play it is clear
that Stanley has no respect and is a man of few words and more of a man of action.
This shows how much of an impact society has on everyone as even though Stella is of a
higher breed than Stanley who is an immigrant from Poland, he has the upper hand due to
society's way of thinking.…read more

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Similarly, this kind of brutality can also be seen in 2010 through `All New People' as when
Emma rejects Myron, he reveals her secret as he says "well if you're not going to tell them,
then I guess I'll have to..." even though Emma pleads with him saying `you gave me your
word. You swore on your life' and even then, when he claims to love her, he causes her pain
and reveals her innermost secret which she entrusted to him.…read more







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