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The Role of Violence in A Streetcar Named Desire

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Transcript of The Role of Violence in A Streetcar Named Desire

THE ROLE OF VIOLENCE
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A Streetcar Named Desire Violence in the Play Tennessee Williams reallys shows violence in his play between the relationships with Stanley and Stella, Steve and Eunice, Blanche and all men she encounters.

Domestic violence truly stands out in the play becuase most of the violence is at home and between spouses.
In definition it is a patern of abusive behaviour by either partner in a very deep relationship.

Rape and Suicide are also other forms violence in the play Affected Characters
Blanche is affected by violence more than any other character in the play. She is affected by violence when her ex husband kills himself after she tells him she is disgusted of his homosexuality. The suicide of her husband cuases her to change emotionally and mentally.
Blanche's depressing life is crushed after Stanley uses violence to rape her and after that he sends her to an insane asylum. Stella is married to Stanley and is part of a very abusive relationship. This is where most of the domestic violence occurs. Stanley always has to show power over Stella which often leads to violence where Stanley would hit Stella or violently break stuff proving that he is the boss and more powerful than his wife. Stella strongly desires Stanley and lives with not believeing that Stanley raped Blanche for she could not bare to believe it. The violence of Stanley and Blanche affects Stella as she tries to satisfy both her sister's and Stanley's desires. Mitch when Mitch finds out what happened to Blanche at the end of the play he attacks Stanley but eventually ends up on the floor. He is affected because he still had emotional feelings for Blanche, but Stanley took away Blanche to an insane asylum after raping her. The violence caused to Blanche makes Mitch violent with Stanley near the end of the play. Progression
The violence progresses through the play as the women are more and more abused by the men.
Stanley is the main character that progresses the violence. First it starts with yelling and the breaking of objects, but as Stanley continues to feel more and more powerless he evolves his violence to hitting Stella and raping Blanche. Realism The violence portrayed in the play has a sense of realism in the way women are treated and how everyday life was in New Orleans. It was common for domestic violence to occur and men did have alot of authority over women and even the government felt that way as well. The play is a drama and just about every aspect of the play can be believable.
In today's society the violence in the play would not be tolerated from the very beginning and is very inappropriate. Today, when women are hit by thier husbands they go to the police. When the play was written it was common that husbands hit wives and police did not do much about it.
Also it would be very rare that a common citizen would rape ther sister-in-law like Stanley did and felt no regret.
Rape is a very serious crime in our society and should not be appropriate ever. Quotes related to Violence "You can't beat on a woman an' then call' er back! She won't come! And her goin' t' have a baby!... You stinker! You whelp of a Polack, you! I hope they do haul you in and turn the fire hose on you, same as the last time!"(60). Eunice is talking very aggressive to Stanley after he just finished hitting Stella and making her cry. The role of violence relates to this quote because it shows how even Stanley is affected by his own actions. His drinking causes him to weep after he feels sorrow from hitting Stella, but all he does the next day is give her money to show that he still loves her. Women were very easy to please in the past and were often hit. "Tiger-tiger! Drop the bottle top! Drop it! We've had this date with each other from the beginning!"(180) This is just right before Stanley fully rapes Blanche. This quote shows Stanley's true side of violence and animalistic behavior. The role of violence is with Stanley every step of the way. This quote is very important because Stanley acted like it was supposed to happen from the very beginning. This shows how little Stanley thinks of women and his wife. He uses himself to get what he desires even if he has to use violence. By Dominic Villella
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