A Streetcar Named Desire - the Presentation of Masculinity in Scene 3

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The evidence of masculinity in scene three is shown through dialogue, stage direction and description of the surroundings. The introduction to the dramatic purpose of the poker party demonstrates Stanley's domination over his friends through the way in which he makes all the decisions about the game. He also shows domination over his wife by hitting her during an argument. <br> <br>Scene three opens with a description of surroundings during a poker night. The description of the poker night immediately introduces it as an all guys night. Stanley, Steve, Mitch and Pablo, all men are described as wearing shirts that have colours that are "powerful as the primary colours". Primary colours are childish colours showing how childish and immature…show more content…
The discussion leads onto Stanley and how his "drive" will help him get somewhere at the plant. Stanley has a strong character that is driven by his dominant side; this "drive" reinforces the masculine side of him. <br> <br>Stella undresses into a "light blue, satin" kimono while Blanche undresses into a "pink silk" brassiere and "white" skirt. The colours used on the clothes are soft pastel colours, which are generally colours worn by women. These light colours are a contrast to the bright, bold colours that were used to describe the clothes on the men. The colours on the men's clothes infer masculinity and aggressiveness while the clothes on Stella and Blanche are feminine, passive/neutral and calm colours, reflecting their personality. The white skirt that Blanche wears denotes purity and fragility, which contradicts her character but can be seen as another contrast with the sinuous and strong characters of the men. These are the complete opposite of the colours in the introduction. The fabrics that are used such as "satin" and "silk" are soft fabrics we associate to femininity and women too. <br> <br>As Stella and Blanche laugh in a "girlish" laughter, Stanley gets annoyed and tells the "hens" to cut it out (with an exclamation mark). The "girlish" laughter presents the feminine part of the room while the vulgar jokes present the masculine side of the other part of the room. The word "hen" is a derogatory term used to describe women
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