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In Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire”(Williams 2008-2075; additional references by page number only.) the characters are extremely physical. The most physical of all characters in the play was Stanley Kowalski. Stanley is considered to be a brutal, domineering man with animal-like traits.
The best relationship to illustrate Stanley’s brutality is the one between he and his wife, Stella. Stanley treats Stella badly. He beats Stella and is impolite to her in front of other people. He rarely takes her suggestions and often scolds her. Stanley only acts kindly to Stella when he wants to make love with her. There is evidence in scene three of Stanley’s brutality.
[At the poker game.]
STELLA: How much longer is this game going to continue?
STANLEY: Till we get ready to quit.
…Why don’t you women go up and sit with Eunice?
STELLA: Because it is nearly two-thirty A.M.…
[A chair scrapes. STANLEY gives a loud whack of his hand on her thigh.]
STELLA: [Sharply.] ...
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