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Is It Homer Kowalski Or Stanley Kowalski?

650 words - 3 pages

The Simpsons episode, “ A Streetcar Named Marge” is a satire of the Tennessee Williams play, A Streetcar Named Desire. In addition, the episode makes allusions to the Williams’ play, Ayn Rand, Hitchcock’s “Birds”, Mission Impossible, and The Great Escape. In this episode, Marge is casted for the role of Blanche Dubois in a showing of A Streetcar Named Desire. Ironically, the show is a musical, which conveys a happy, lively, and youth like tone, compared to the serious, and mature tone of A Streetcar Named Desire. Although, The Simpsons is humorous show, it does shine light on the realities of modern culture. Nevertheless, the episode “A Streetcar Named Marge” draws a serious comparison between Homer Simpson and Stanley Kowalski and their violent behavior, interest in bowling, and use of alcohol.
This episode of The Simpson’s suggests that there are similarities between the characters traits of Homer and Stanley. Director Llewellyn, in The Simpsons, describes Stanley as “thoughtless, violent and loud”. Meanwhile, the viewer sees similar actions from Homer when he yells to his daughter Maggie, “Cut that racquet”, when she is simply playing music on the xylophone. This specific instance demonstrates Homer’s hostility, as well as his violent demeanor. Also, Homer yells to Marge after a war of words, “Maaaaaarrrge”, clearly referencing Stanley’s famous yell, “Stellllllaaaaaa”. When watching this scene in The Simpsons, the viewer automatically makes the connection to Streetcar, which only strengthens the comparison between Stanley and Homer. Furthermore, both Homer and Stanley have been compared to animals, and more specifically apes, by other characters. In scene four of A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche tells Stella her opinion of Stanley and says, “He acts like an animal, has an animal’s habits! ... There’s even some-thing – sub-human – something not quite to the stage of humanity yet! Yes, something – ape like about him” (83). On the other hand, in The Simpsons, while Marge...

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