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  • 1. A Streetcar Named Desire Shelley Lugo
  • 2. Theme A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams conveys the theme of restrictive gender expectations in the 1940s.
  • 3. How Stanley conforms to his gender roles ● He considers himself the provider and the head of the household. ● He’s dominating and controlling. ● Expects his wife to respect him.
  • 4. How Stella conforms to her gender roles ● She depends on her husband. ● She stays at home, cooks food, and takes care of Stanley. ● Stella obeys her husband.
  • 5. How Blanche doesn't conform to her gender expectations ● Blanche is not married. ● She slept with many strangers. ● She’s independent because she had a job. Women weren’t expected to work back then.
  • 6. Consequences of Restrictive Gender Expectations ● If a man or woman broke his or her gender roles, they were punished by society. ● They weren’t viewed as a respectable person. ● They would have a bad reputation in society.
  • 7. How have gender roles changed over the years? ● Women are more independent. They are getting married later in life. They also make up about 50 percent of the workforce. ● Men are also staying home and taking care of their children.
  • 8. Sources DiSchiavi, Michael. "Tennessee Williams' Women in a Man's World." The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide. 15.4 (2008): 18. Literature Resource Center. Web. 10 July 2013. "Evolving Gender Roles Explored at Anne Roe Lecture." Harvard Graduate School of Education. 24 Nov. 2008. Web. 14 July 2013. Williams, Tennessee. A Streetcar Named Desire. New York: New Directions, 1980. Print. Woolway, Joanne. "An overview of A Streetcar named Desire." Drama for Students. Literature Resource Center. Web. 10 July 2013.