Stanley’s Brutality In the Street Car Named Desire, byTennessee Williams, Stanley Kowalski displays his brutalityin many ways. This classical play is about Blanche Dubois’svisit to Elysian Fields and her encounters with her sister’sbrutal and arrogant husband, Stanley Kowalski, and thereveling truth of why Blanche really came. Stanley Kowalskiis a very brutal and barbaric person who always has to feelthat no one is better than him. His brutish and ferociousactions during the play leave the reader with a bad taste intheir mouths. Stanley’s brutality is shown in several placesduring the duration of The Street Car Named Desire . Forexample, his first array of brutality is evident at the pokernight when he gets so angry and throws the radio out thewindow.
Another example of his brutality is displayed whenhe beats his wife, Stella. Lastly, his arrogance and ferociousactions are most apparent when he rapes Blanche, while hiswife is in labor in the hospital. Stanley Kowalski’s firstexhibition of his brutal actions occurs at poker night. Blancheturns on the radio, but Stanley demands her to turn it off.Blanche refuses and so Stanley gets up himself and turns itoff himself. When Stanley’s friend, Mitch, drops out of thegame to talk to Blanche, Stanley gets upset and he even getsmore upset when Blanche flicks on the radio.
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Due to themusic being on, Stanley, in a rage, stalks in the room andgrabs the radio and throws it out the window. His friendsimmediately jump up, and then they drag him to the showerto try to sober him up. This is the first example of Stanley’srage and brutality.
Not only does throwing the radio out thewindow represent an impure demeanor, but so does beatingyour wife. During his entire rage during poker night he is notsober which leads to another problem. When he threw theradio out the window, he then immediately charged right athis wife, Stella. He was in such rage and he was so drunkthat when he reached her he hit her in the face. Luckily,before he can get another blow off his friends grabbed himand pinned him to the floor. This action leads the reader tobelieve that he is a very brutal person and needs somepsychological help to aid him to control his temper.
This isanother example of why Stanley.