-A Streetcar Named Desire-

Stanley Kowalski

Stanley is around thirty years old and a former soldier who fought in World War II. He now works as an auto-parts salesman and is the husband of Stella, friend of Steve , Mitch and Pablo. With his Polish ancestry, he represents the new, heterogeneous America. He has no patience for Blanche and the illusions she cherishes. He is a controlling and violent man, who demands subservience from his wife in the belief that his authority is threatened by Blanche’s arrival. 

He beats Stella and rapes Blanche, and crucially doesn’t allow Blanche’s past to go under the radar of the other characters. This is shown when he repeatedly interferes with the relationship of Mitch and Blanche. He doesn’t take well to Blanche looking down on him with Stanley being a family man and Blanche an outcast from society.

Quotes

‘Stanley carries his bowling jacket and a red-stained package from a butcher’s’The first description of Stanley’s

‘Stell-lahhhh! . . . I want my baby down here. Stella, Stella!’

‘I am not a Polack. People from Poland are Poles, not Polacks. But what I am is a one hundred percent American, born and raised in the greatest country on earth and proud as hell of it, so don’t ever call me a Polack’

‘We’ve had this date with each other from the beginning’

‘Some men are took in by this Hollywood glamor stuff and some men are not.’

‘Them kind of words have been on your tongue and your sister’s too much around here! What do you think you two are? A pair of queens? Remember what Huey Long said – ‘Every Man is a King!’And I am the King around here, so don’t forget it!’

‘It looks to me like you have been swindled, baby, and when you’re swindled under the Napoleonic code I’m swindled too. And I don’t like to be swindled’

‘Heaves the meat package at her’ Stage Direction for Stanley

‘Ha-ha! Rain from heaven! [He extends the bottle toward her] Shall we bury the hatchet and make it a loving-cup? Huh?’

‘Since earliest manhood the centre of his life has been pleasure with women, the giving and taking of it, not with weak indulgence, dependently, but with the power and pride of a richly feathered male bird among hens’ – Stanley Description

‘Stanley gives a loud whack of his hand on her thigh’ – Description of Stanley and Stella

‘I am the king around here and don’t you ever forget that’

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