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Streetcar Named Desire Character Analysis of Stanley Kowalski A Streetcar Named Desire revolves around the association of Blanche with Stanley who represents contemporary social values driven by male dominance He is violent and barbaric throughout the play both in costuming an element of spectacle and in dialog in this case an expression of both diction and character As the play progresses Stanley uses every possible tool available to him to subjugate Blanche including destroying any possible healthy relationship ostracizing her and finally raping her In his first encounter with Blanche Stanley is irritated because he knows she has been drinking his liquor He senses an invasion of his territory by Blanche who has taken something that belongs to him Stanley welcomes her into the Kowalski home however that acceptance requires that Blanche acknowledge his authority When he removes his shirt in this scene it is not so much to titillate Blanche as to demonstrate his masculinity Stanleys desire to dominate everyone around him finds its ultimate expression in his relationship to Blanche That desire ignited in Act I During their first confrontation Stanley attempts repeatedly to intimidate Blanche into giving him the information he wants concerning the loss of Belle Reve Initially however Blanche responds only with flirtation and laughter and ultimately with a long diatribe relieving her of responsibility for the loss and bestowing all the legalities on to him During the next scene when Stanley physically intimidates Stella showing his own physical prowess Blanche attempts to take her away from him In the course of the play he appears obsessed with finding Blanches weakness when he discovers that she has committed sexual indiscretions in Laurel and senses her feelings of guilt concerning them he acts immediately In the second confrontation between Blanche and Stanley we see another territorial dispute Ignoring Blanches attempt to change the subject by flirting with him--and this is clearly her intention when she asks
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