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Essay On Stanley's Tension In Tennessee Williams A Streetcar Named Desire

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From the beginning of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, one can recognize the overwhelming tension between Stanley and his sister-in-law, Blanche. As for sources of this tension, the dominating reason origin comes from Blanche’s grandeur and superior attitude, exemplified when she tells Stella, “I thought you would never come back to this horrible place” (Williams 11), referring to Stella and Stanley’s “shabby” apartment. Due to the fact that Stanley is a “common” man, he does not appreciate Blanche’s pompousness, and the clashes between the two attitudes results in tension. Additionally, the loss of Belle Reve and the disappearance of the family fortune infuriated Stanley, as seen when he accuses Blanche of possible embezzlement by saying,…show more content…
This shows that their differences in personality and values results in a constant game of “cat and mouse”—Blanche continuously feels the need to point out Stanley’s inferiority and Stanley retaliates by working to “bring her down”. In addition to these irreconcilable conflicts, it could also be argued that Stanley and Blanche are allegories for two aspects of life that often clash. That is, Blanche is the representation of familial ties by blood—she is Stella’s sister by default and nothing can change that. Likewise, Stanley is the representation of familial ties by choice, for he was the one that Stella consciously chose to marry—chose to share a life with. Unfortunately, oftentimes these two bonds try to pull an individual person in separate directions, causing strain and resentment between the two while fighting for attention and compliance. In this case, the individual stuck in this “tug-of-war” is Stella, which is why her life, specifically her relationships, is what is mostly at stake if the two allegories square
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