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Dr. Wyman Eng 102 4/21/06 Playing King in Your Small Kingdom One of the most controversial depictions of a man is Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire . In the time the play is set, Stanley is the embodiment of the male gender. He is muscle bound, loud, a drunkard, passionate, and rules his home like a kingdom. In truth, he is more animal than human. But is he a victim of circumstance, or is he in complete control of his actions? It becomes clear that he is completely self determined. Stanley himself is a very interesting character. He doesn’t bottle any emotions up; he lets the world know just how he feels. And damn anyone who gets in his way. In most ways he could be considered an uncouth brute, held in check only by society. When he is first introduced, he is described as a man who puts women into “sexual classifications” (Williams). In reality, he is described as more bestial than human. Stanley’s background is Polish. During America’s booming economical growth, many immigrants came to the states seeking opportunity in America. They established a foothold, and contributed to what would eventually be known as “the melting pot” of America. Stanley himself was a second generation Polish-American, born and raised in the United States. But just like many immigrants of that time, Poles were discriminated
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