Brutality in Stanley Kowalski In the play A StreetCar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams, brutality is shown very strongly by one particular character. The main character, Stanley Kowalski, shows his brutal emotions in many ways throughout the play. Stanley's brutality is shown clearly toward the reader in several places during the play. In example, the first act of brutality is evident at the poker game when he gets so angry he throws the small, white radio out the window. Another example of his display of brutality is when he harshly beats his wife. Finally, his arrogance and ferocious actions are most apparent when he brutally rapes Blanche, while his wife is in labour at the hospital.
Stanley Kowalski's first display of his brutal actions occurs at poker night". [She turns on the radio and it begins to play "Wein, Wein. Nur du alle in". Blanch waltzes to the music with romantic gestures.
Mitch is delighted and moves in awkward imitation like a dancing bear.] [Stanley stalks fiercely through the portieres into the bedroom. He crosses to the small white radio and snatches it off the table. With a shouted oath, he tosses the instrument out the window. ]" (p. 57) This quote shows Stanley's brutal and demanding personality. It also shows how Stanley can snap at the drop of a dime about the smallest gestures and doings. This defect in his personality becomes a problem in his daily life and also in his relationship with his wife. Not only does throwing the radio out the window represent an impure disposition, but so does beating your wife, which is another example of Stanley's brutal manner.
When he throws the radio out the window, he them immediately attacks Stella for stating her two sense about him throwing the radio out the window". Stella: Drunk-Drunk-animal thing, you! [She rushes through to the poker table] All of you-please go home! If any of you have one spark of decency in you Blanche: Stella, watch out, he " seen: [feebly] Take it easy, Stanley, Easy, fellow -- Let's all Stella: You lay your hands on me and I'll [She backs out of sight. He advances and disappears. There is the sound of a blow.
Stella cries out. Blanche screams and runs into the kitchen. The men rush forward and there is grappling and cursing. Something is overturned with a crash. ]" (p. 57) This action secures the reader's intuition of Stanley being a very brutal person and that he doesn't deserve the kindness and respect that Stella gives him.
This quote also displays how Stanley acts when he is not sober; brutal, arrogant, barbaric, and cruel. Finally, and the most evident of Stanley's brutality is the action he partakes in, raping Blanche DuBois. This action is the most terrifying and evidential action, which notifies the reader of Stanley's ferocious brutality. This event shows that Stanley's is very brutal and acquisitive. It also shows that he was greedy enough to the fact that he could not just be satisfied with one woman, and it also shows that he is very conceited and arrogant, because he feels, now that he has raped or "conquered" Blanche he has conquered all. In this play Stanley is a fierce, intimidating character, and obviously through his brutal actions, he wants no one to question his manhood or his place in his household.
As evidenced by his rape of Blanche, the beating of Stella, and throwing the radio out the window, there is no question in the reader's mind that Stanley is indeed a brutal character.