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Alex Geary Mrs. Riccio January 4, 2017 A Streetcar named [Sexual] Desire A Streetcar Named Desire? More like A Streetcar Named Sexual Desire ! A Streetcar Named Desire takes place in New Orleans during the 1940s, post WWII. Women went from covering men’s jobs to going back home and men took their jobs back. In the play, Stanley Kowalski is a man who is known for his manliness. He drinks a lot and plays poker with his friends while smoking cigars. He is tough and occasionally acts violently towards his wife Stella. He acts this way because he thinks he can get away with it. He knows that he’s physically stronger than his wife, so she’ll never be able to hurt him. He believes that he can use his masculinity as an excuse to abuse women. He’s not much of a gentleman, as he is very disrespectful to women. Stella stays home while her husband works. Each day she eagerly waits for her husband to return home and looks forward to spending the night together. One day her sister Blanche shows up and she starts living under their roof. Blanche and Stanley don’t get along very well. Over the course of the play, Williams shows how Blanche and Stella DuBois can’t survive on their own and how they need men in their lives. They need men in order to fulfill their sexual desires, companionship, and to fill their emotional holes. Men used sex as a weapon in order to hurt women. Through the use of setting, Tennessee Williams demonstrates the idea that lust leads to pain. Williams reveals that during the 1940s women depended on men in order to fulfill their sexual desires. Stella’s lust is shown through her marriage with her husband Stanley. At the end
of scene 3, a drunk Stanley attacks Stella. They ended up spending the night together despite the prior circumstances. In scene 4 Stella explains why she slept with Stanley. Stella says “He smashed all the lightbulbs with the heel of my slipper![She laughs]”... I was-sort of thrilled by it” (Williams 72-73). Stella was so forgiving because Stanley’s violent actions turned her on. She felt a rush of adrenaline. This shows how much Stella enjoys sex with her husband because she’s easily willing to forgive him even though a gentleman would never hurt a lady like that. Stella believes that she loves her husband because he can grant her her sexual desires. He’s not a very good husband, but he is a good lover. Stella endures physical violence in order to have her sexual desires fulfilled. Blanche knows that her sister is not in a healthy relationship, however she is happy with Stanley. Stella is used to Stanley’s violent behavior while her sister isn’t.Later on,

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