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A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire

by Tennessee Williams

Men and Masculinity Quotes

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #7

STELLA
It’s a drive that he has. (3.76)

Stella’s admiration of Stanley’s vitality and virility is evident from the start. Is she correct, though, in thinking that this "drive" will get him places?

Quote #8

STELLA
Drunk – drunk – animal thing, you!
[…]
[Stanley charges after Stella.]
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.] (3.165-8)

Violence is the unfortunate accompaniment to the assertive virility that Stella finds so attractive. Because the two are so closely tied together, Stella can’t distinguish between them, and finds even his aggressive streak to be attractive.

Quote #9

STELLA
He was as good as a lamb when I came back and he’s really very, very ashamed of himself. (4.16)

Stanley’s dual nature makes it difficult for us to condemn him as readers (or as the audience).

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