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We are all civilized people which means that we are all savages at heart but observing a few amenities of civilized behavior Tennessee Williams To what extent is this view of life reflected in the actions of Stanley Blanche and Stella A Streetcar Named Desire is a very socially challenging play in the way in which Tennessee Williams depicts how brutal and deceiving human nature can be He takes the point of view that no matter how structured or civilized society is all people will rely on their natural animal instincts such as dominance and deception to get themselves out of trouble at some stage in life even if they dont realize it Williams has created three main characters of society they are Blanche Dubiou Stella and Stanley Kowalski Each of these characters are equally as civilized as one another yet their acts of savagery are all on different levels Throughout the play Williams symbolically relates these three characters to animals savages by the use of their attitudes beliefs appearances and desires 1For such characters no hope can be offered for they can only react not act The most obvious savage character of A Streetcar Named Desire is Stanley Kowalski He is a large well-toned territorial male with simple beliefs and a short temper He feels threatened by Blanche because she moves in on his territory and wants Stella to leave him At first Stanley acts physically dominant over both Blanche and Stella by rifling through Blanches possessions act 1 scene 3 pg124 quoting to Stella and Blanche that every man is a king act scene 8 pg197-198 throwing the radio out the window in a drunken frenzy and actually striking his pregnant wife Stella act 1 scene 3 pg 152-155 However towards the end of the play Stanley realizes his power over Blanche and he acts a lot wiser but still with the same intentions He dresses smarter talks
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