Stanley Kowalski in "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams

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Stanley Kowalski in "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams

In the play, A Streetcar Named Desire, author Tennessee Williams does a wonderful job developing the character of Stanley Kowalski. To me, his character seemed most like that of a true person. On the other hand, Stella, Stanley's wife, is mainly displayed as being the loving type, and because that is basically the only character trait she displays, it is difficult to really understand her as a person. The character of Stanley Kowalski is developed much like a real person, having numerous personality traits. One characteristic of Stanley is his rudeness and cruelty towards Blanche, Stella's sister. It is very apparent that Stanley does not care for Blanche.
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A very apparent character trait of Stanley is his love for his wife, Stella. In scene two, Stella and Stanley notice all the very nice things that Blanche has in her trunk. For Blanche being a poor girl, Stanley knows that she shouldn't have so many nice things.
Stanley expresses his concern to Stella as he says, "It looks like you have been swindled, baby...". This shows that Stanley only wants for
Stella what she deserves, and if Blanche is not sharing what money is also Stella's, then it upsets him. Normand Berlin, author of
"Complementarity in A Streetcar Named Desire" also agrees that Stanley is much in love for Stella. He states that "Stanley, himself a garish sun, claims Stella, the star". As much as Stanley loves and cares for
Stella, he has a tendency to act the other way, not so loving. The aggressiveness of Stanley is probably his most evident character trait expressed through out the play. One might not think that a simple game of poker with the boys could turn so violent when a couple women walk in the room. Stanley's poker game must be very important to him in order for him to lose complete control and get physical with Stella.

At the start of his outrage, the other men playing poker try to calm him down, "Take it easy, Stanley. Easy fellow". However, Stanley does not listen, and instead causes Stella to threaten Stanley as her own defense, by saying, "You