A Streetcar Named
Desire by Tennessee
Williams conveys the
theme of restrictive
gender expectations in
How Stanley conforms to his gender
● He considers himself the
provider and the head of
● He’s dominating and
● Expects his wife to
How Stella conforms to her gender
● She depends on her husband.
● She stays at home, cooks food, and takes care of
● Stella obeys her husband.
How Blanche doesn't conform to her
● Blanche is not
● She slept with many
● She’s independent
because she had a
job. Women weren’t
expected to work
Consequences of Restrictive Gender
● 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.
How have gender roles changed over the
● 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
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