A Street Car Named Desire Essay

1098 words - 5 pages

A streetcar named desire was a very interesting book, it was very drama filled. This book showed real situations that are ignored a lot and Tennessee took it to a new level in this book. A major problem we saw was the abuse between Stanley and Stella. At the beginning of the book Stanley comes off as a nice guy and a good husband. That changed the night we discovered Stanley’s dark and angry side. The moment we read that Stanley hit Stella is when everyone’s opinion changes about who Stanley is. I like that Tennessee Williams includes this in this book this is a real everyday issue that millions of people go through.
Stanley comes off as a nice guy at the beginning when we discover that he and Stella are expecting it shows their love for each other. When Blanche and Stanley meet they don’t get off on the right foot. I think it’s partially because they each have so many personal issues and can see that in each other. The way he talks to Blanche the first night shows a little hostility. We can see that Stella and Blanche have been distant when she says “I know, I know. But you are the one that abandoned Belle Reve, not I! I stayed and fought for it, bled for it, almost died for it!” ( Blanche pg.11)
. Stanley cuts Stella off from everyone even the closest thing to family she had. This is what abusers do they make the victim isolated so all they care about is their lover that way when he beats you have no place to go because you don’t have anyone else. We don’t quite know Stanley is an abuser at this point yet but it’s definitely a sign. As the book progresses we see more of Stanley’s character start to come out. He gets very invested in the knowing of the laurel house and the money, this shows us their probably not in the best financial place. He gets very angry and noisy demanding answers and talking about the Napoleonic code and explains it to stella “In the state of Louisiana we have the Napoleonic code according to which what belongs to the wife belongs to the husband and vice versa. For instance if I had a piece of property, or you had a piece of property “ ( Stanley pg.19)

We soon discover Stanley’s real side the night he hits his pregnant wife in front of everyone at the house during the men’s poker game. That shows that Stanley doesn’t respect women at all. This brings us back to the way he treated his sister in-law the first time they met. A lot of things start to make since after this, Stanley gets mad at Stella because she wanted the game to be over and Stanley felt powerless. He hit her as a sign to prove his power and worthiness also he was very drunk. That shows another bad character trait we didn’t quite see before; he’s a heavy drinker and mean drunk. The minute this happens is the when the books starts to take a different route and Stanley shows his true colors. Stella leaves for a few hours then the minute Stanley apologizes...

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