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Given Circumstances
Stanley from A Streetcar Named Desire
An actor must get in touch with the character they are to play, ...
tries to belittle Blanche and oldfashioned by stating that they are in America
and that he was born in the U.S. so that ma...
Stanley is a complex character at the beginning he seems like a hero a man
who has served his country, a loving husband, a...
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Essay On Stanley


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Essay On Stanley

  1. 1. Given Circumstances Stanley from A Streetcar Named Desire An actor must get in touch with the character they are to play, in order to do so he or she must study the six given circumstances to analyze the character. By using the six given circumstances, the actor will have a better understanding why the character reacts a certain way at the given situations. I am going to use the six given circumstances to have a beter comprehension of the character Stanley Kowalski in the play A Streetcar Named Desire. The play A Streetcar Named Desire is set in the late 1940s in New Orleans, Louisiana early May. This was after the World War II had ended. Stanley served in the WWII along with his friend Mitch. Stanley served as a Master Sergeant in the Engineers' Corps. Stanley seems proud to have served for his country even though his family is originally from Poland, he is proud to be an American. Due to Stanley serving in the war he is a man with a high temper, loud, and at times physically brutal. He sticts to facts, reality, he is not a daydreamer, no imagination and no where near romantic. Stanley does not see anything wrong with his brutal actions most of the time, he just wants to be respected as the man of the house no matter what he does. Stanley seems like more of a night person, he likes to go bowling with his friends and play poker. The setting of the play is in a two story building where Stanley and his wife live in the first floor. A small place with only two rooms, the kitchen with a folding bed for Blanche, bedroom and the bathroom. The building "contains two flatts, upstairs and down. Faded white stairs ascend to the entrances of both." (pg. 9) On the second floor lives another couple who own the building, Stanley is friends with Steve who lives upstairs with his wife, Eunice. The building located on a corner "on a street in New Orleans which is named Elysian Fields and runs between the L & N tracks and the river"(pg. 9). The area is poor but with different attractions like the bowling alley, the galleries, and barrooms in the area. That "you are practically always just around the corner... from a piano being played with the infatuated fluency of brown fingers." (pg. 9) showing that it is a cosmopolitan city where there is an easy interactions of races. It seems like a warm area. Stanley seems to settle for what he has, in a way proud of his belongings, his apartment, because it is what he can afford. He does not worry of having nicer things, of climing the social ladder he sees that as BS. He seems to detest those who feel supreme to those around them, upper class or those who be think to be aristocrats. The majority of the scenes take place in Stanleys apartment or right outside, a few elsewhere. In the late 1940s after the World War II there was a greater interaction of races especially in New Orleans, Lousiaca in the play. During this time in the play African American interacted fine with white people, people with different ethnicity were accepted in this area such as Stanley. Blanche saw him as common not good enough for her sister, Stella. Stella and Blanche were brought up in a plantation family owned ,which she lost to Ambler, "a firm that made loans on the place"(pg. 45), she lost it on a mortgage. They were brought up with manners, with the strive to do better, to have the fines things in life, as aristocrats, a class or group considered to be superior, as through education, ability, wealth, or social prestige. Stanley loathes people like Blanche who go around feeling superior than others, he hates how Blanche expresses herself of him as a commonor, an ape. During this time it seems like there was alot of people like that because Stanley has very strong feelings about it. Like when Blanche refers to Stanley as a "Polack" he is furious and
  2. 2. tries to belittle Blanche and oldfashioned by stating that they are in America and that he was born in the U.S. so that makes him a citizen. Stanley hangs out with Mitch, Steve, and Pablo most of the time. He likes to be surrounded by his crew, his comrades. Stanleys relationship with Mitch goes way back to when they served in the WWII, they have very familiar experiences, but Mitch is more of a person who is sentimental. Stanley loves spending time with his friends, drink, play poker and have sex with his wife. He likes to impose his wishes on his wife and anyone else he can. He likes to feel in control of his life and of those around him. His relationship with his wife is nonromantic, he is speaks his mind without caring of her feelings. Stanley seems to care for his wife because in a way she is a little peace of the upper class in which he can tyrannize, to govern despotically, cruelly, or oppressively. But once Blanche comes along she is trully represents all in which he hates and finds a reason why to oppress her and make sure she does not end up marryind Mitch. He finds out she was basically a slut, she slept with many men and was trully ruined when she got involved with a 17 year old student of hers. Stanley works at a car shop, seems to travel alot. Stanleys is obviously not a wealthy man but has a job and able to support his wife and the coming baby. They are poor in comparison to other people during the time but do have the necessary things to survive. Jobs were scarce at the time the economy was slowly recuperating. To Blanches eyes the place is small, poor, in a bad neighborhood. Stanley is brutal, curses, and does not care about appearances. Even though Stanley is a proud man he does look after his wifes interests. He asks Blanche for any type of documents she may have on the case of how the plantation was lost due to the Napoleonic code," accordding to which whatever belongs to my wife is alson mine-and vice versa"(pg. 42) Stanley stated. When he realized there might be any type of money or anything beneficial to him over the plantation he wanted to know everything there was to know. He wanted to make sure that him nor his wife were being ripped off from any types of profit. Stanley at the begginning does not seem to care much of prospering in the social class but once the opportunity of easy money comes along he is determined to get it. He does not like to be anybodys fool or puppet. In a way Stanley feels like things are changing to the point where he is now considered an American and proud of it. This was a time when different races were interacting with each other freely. Women during this time still seemed very dependent on the men, they let them abuse them mentally and physically. As Stanley did to Stella and Steve did to Eunice in the play. During this time women have jobs right to vote and are more outspoken than before. Stanley tries to opress Stella when she talks back at him or when she raises her voice to him and he beats her even though she is pregnant. Stanley does not seem like a religious man he believes in facts in reality. He hates the games females play in which they want to be complimented over how they look all the time. Stanley is not the kind of man who is around the bush he likes to say what he thinks. Stanley may be married but he does not belief in his oath because inorder to suppress Blanche in the worst way possible he rapes her and takes her only chance of marriage with Mitch by letting everyone know about her past. He has no ethics, he rapes his sister inlaw while his wife is at the hospital giving birth. At the end when Blanche has lost herself in her own world of allucinations, Stanley finally convinces Stella that it is best to have Blanche taken to a mental hospital. Stanley shows no remorse or sorrow of what he has done but acts as if he did not do anything wrong. Stanley does not have any morals, religious beliefs nor ethics. Stanley beats his wife, cheats on his wife, and yet goes around acting as if it were perfectly normal.
  3. 3. Stanley is a complex character at the beginning he seems like a hero a man who has served his country, a loving husband, a humble worker of society. But as the play starts to evolve his true character is shown. Stanley can not hide behind his manly charm no more and turns out to be totally the opposite as what the audience had perceived of him. Through the given circumstances Stanley evolves into a man who is brutal, cruel, and controlling. Due to his past, serving in the war, constantly being belittled by the upper class, called a "Polack", all of these things created a build up of anger. Which made Stanley into the man he is though it does not give him an excuse as to being so cruel.