A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, takes place right after World War II, in New Orleans, Louisiana in a rough and beaten neighborhood. It is mainly presented within the eyes of Blanche Dubois, who has moved to New Orleans in trying to find and live with her sister, Stella after their family home has been taken away. And even so, throughout the play, Williams focuses on the authoritative role that men take within society upon the mistreated and marginalized group that is being shown in order to represent women as being weak, submissive, and dependent of a man.
In A Streetcar Named Desire, women are portrayed as subordinate to men, along with the fact that women should be the ones at home, cleaning, cooking, and attending their husband. Williams, for example shows Stella’s husband Stanley bearing her affection with ‘lordly composure’; which implies that Stanley considers that he basically deserves his wife’s admiration and loyalty without having to struggle for it in any sort of fashion because he is a man and supposes Stella should instantly attain these emotions towards him naturally based on his ‘position’ as king because as “Huey Long said that every man’s a king and I’m the king around here and don’t you forget it (8.14).” Blanche and Stella outline the constraints that were put on women through a post-war age, in which women counted on men to judge what their life would lead to in the future and to admit their roles without complaint. An example is throughout the closing scene of the play Blanche is being guided away by a doctor. This is an extremely sensitive time for Stella for she really required someone to support her. Stanley, being inconsiderate toward her bends down near her and touches under her blouse, in which he gives no attempt to hug or keep her close to him. This proves his absence of sympathy and the impression left of him touching beneath her blouse gives out a sense of restraint or supremacy towards women. Even her time of need Stanley is there only for his own desires and doesn’t reach himself to what his wife wants as well. The connection represented by Tennessee Williams is clearly a male dominating over the female.
During the 1940s, which was when A Streetcar Named Desire was published, “Women were frequently applied on jobs to fill in positions which should have been deemed work that was considered only for men.” This was only a temporary thing though, since, by the 1950s, men had returned to their authoritative and commanding role in society. Even so, women had somewhat more opportunities and rights mainly because a major event that had occurred was WWII, which assisted women in accomplishing a small change in life for them, for women could now have somewhat of a job rather than before, where women were mostly caretakers while the husband would be the one to work in order to support their family. Women being able to work was now capable for some but even then it was not new to women. Majority of women have somewhat worked as well, particularly minority and women who were considered the lowest of class. Nevertheless, the social division of labor or workers in general by gender ideally set women of a higher class to remain at home and the men to be the ones in the workforce. Also, because of multiple layoffs during the Depression, the majority of people, specifically men, were severely opposing women with jobs because they perceived it as women stealing men’s roles and keeping them from having work. But during the 1940s, the growth in suffrage campaigns start occurring more than ever in which it gave chances for women to have some rights or social changes in society but at the same time they were struggling to attain political or social equality in general. Basically, women were still being portrayed as powerless, gentle, and submissive, limited to a discriminatory society that detached them from the harsh reality.
Such marginalization of the group an is clearly shown through the ads that were run at the time of A Streetcar Named Desire. An example would be an ad for a product called Lysol Disinfectant which was mainly aimed at women’s hygiene, but the product wasn’t the problem, rather it was the was that women were being depicted as or expected to be. Throughout the ad, there showed 5 pictures of women and each consisted of what was typical of a woman to behave as, such as how a woman was to be represented as “cheerful. She never nagged, or moped or wept’” which leads to the conclusion that women weren’t capable of holding an opinion nor could they be given choice in anything, for they never “nagged or moped.” Another factor was that women were depicted to be “affectionate. She was warm-hearted and tender,” which can connect back to how in scene 4 of A Streetcar Named Desire Blanche had told Stella that she is only with Stanley because of his physicality and intimacy and that is the only reason why she’s passionate about him because she needs a man in her life.
“A Streetcar Named Desire” Film Analysis
Elia Kazan’s A Streetcar Named Desire, adapted from Tennessee Williams’s play, is one of the most influential films of all time. Set in the hectic city of New Orleans, A Streetcar Named Desire tells the story of Blanche DuBois, who moves in with her sister, Stella, and brother-in-law, Stanley, after losing her family’s plantation. Throughout the film, Blanche’s mental condition slowly deteriorates. She is in denial about her financial and emotional wellbeing and turns to alcohol to numb her pain. This, however, results in several conflicts throughout the film, including when Blanche threatens Stanley with a broken bottle and ends up breaking a mirror in a physical altercation with him.
One scene that I particularly liked is the scene where Stanley, played by Marlon Brando, is yelling for Stella to come out of the apartment. After getting heated during a poker game because Stella and Blanche were being too noisy, Stanley screams at Stella, throws her radio out the window, and hits her. This prompts Stella to leave the house and to go upstairs to Eunice’s apartment, seeking refuge from her disgruntled husband. Realizing his wrongdoing, Stanley goes outside and yells for Stella. He then apologizes for his actions and makes amends with his wife. During this scene, Brando does a great job of showing a range of emotions. He is initially relatively calm while playing poker, but quickly gets disgruntled from the sound of the women talking and the radio. By the time he throws the radio out the window, one cannot help but notice how angry he appears. Yet, seconds later, Brando seamlessly becomes very sorrowful, regretful, and empathetic. I find it both fascinating and admirable that Brando is able to depict a large range of emotions in such a short amount of time. Moreover, I find it interesting how alcohol is associated with violence in the film, which can be easily seen in this scene. At the beginning of the scene, Brando can be seen taking large sips of wine out of the bottle. Additionally, we see that the bottle of beer sitting in front of Brando on the table is placed on its side, signifying that all of its contents have been consumed and that Stanley is drunk. The scene then quickly escalates from this point. Viewers watch as a drunken Brando violently throws Stella’s coat and rudely smacks her behind. Then, in a matter of a few short minutes, Stanley is throwing a radio out the window and punching his wife.
Another aspect of the film that I particularly like is how the camera angles that urge the notion of masculinity. Whenever Stanley is talking to Stella, for example, the camera stands behind Stanley and is angled down toward Stella, making the viewer feel as if they are looking down on Stella and thus urging the notion of superiority. Conversely, whenever Stella talks to Stanley, the camera stands behind her and is angled up toward Stanley, making the viewer feel as if they are looking up at Stanley who is towering over us. This makes viewers feel that they are inferior to Brando’s character and suggests that the male character is more dominant and important than the female character.
Why Americans Are Obsessed With Superheroes
Do you like superheroes? They Were going to fight to see who will be the king of Wakanda and then they start fighting but before they start fighting they give black panther a purple drinking juice and then they started fighting and black panther beat opponent. And then black panther got to see his dad because they cover him with dirt and then he appeared in other world and there was a tree with panthers and the one of the panthers was his dad. If you are like most Americans, you probably like superheroes?
Why are we obsessed with superheroes? We as Americans are obsessed with superheroes because they save the world and they help people and they have been created to fill a need we have in society or within ourselves. For example, according to the Youtube video, it says that superheroes provide us with hope for something better.
Superheroes have a virtue that most regular humans don’t. And are above the corruption of society and governments?
Superheroes, such as Batman, Spiderman, Black panther, Ironman, and Wonder Woman, continue to interest kids and adults.
Do you like black panther as much as I do? Or what is your favorite Superheroe? Another reason Americans are obsessed with superheroes is that they don’t, need to have super powers to be a Superheroe here is an example, If you see someone bullying others and you try to stop the bullying that could turn you into a Superheroe. According to the picture of Superman talking to people, he reminds us that good Americans are people who support others regardless of their skin color. Origins gives us home for a better tomorrow. In a time when people feel they are being taken advantage of and over taxed, we just want to feel like there is some good in the work. Another reason that Americans are obsessed with superheroes because we need too, meant to see our personified. Another way that we love superheroes is… According to the ‘Wikipedia’ is says, over the years, Superheroes have morphed to fit our social needs of the time. Whether Ironman, was the biggest Superheroe star at the moment… Or Superman, about to renew his brand with Man of Steel or The Dark Knight. They are struggling to keep it together in Gotham City, we need superheroes to tackle problems that are too tough for mere mortals to handle. Superheroes have long been a part of popular culture – whether beloved by comic nerds in the 1930s or bringing millions into mainstream box offices today. What makes these characters so riveting? In some ways, Superman was a Jewish superhero. Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster, the two men who created Superman, Superman first arrived from the planet Krypton in the 1930s during the gathering storm before World War II.
In the cartoons of those early days, he fought Nazis and avenged the attack on Pearl Harbor. Were Jews, according to former DC Comics editor and comics teacher Jim Higgins, who teaches the Creating Comics class at the Los Angeles-based Meltdown Comics. In some ways, Superman was a Jewish superhero. Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster, the two men who created Superman, were Jews, according to former DC Comics editor and comics teacher Jim Higgins, who teaches the Creating Comics class at the Los Angeles-based Meltdown Comics shop. He called Superman ‘a metaphor for the Jewish immigrant experience.’ ‘He’s a strange visitor from another place,’ Higgins said. ‘He’s a stranger in a strange land. He has to adapt to being there. Has to learn all the ways to be an American, the same way they did.
You come to America it’s the land of opportunity, so you can become anything even Superman.’op. When two second-generation Jewish immigrants, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, sold their concept of an alien-born. Superstrong red-caped ‘champion of the oppressed’ to Detective Comics, Inc in 1938, they could not have had any idea that, 73 years later, we would still be obsessively mining the seam that they tore open. Nor, having been paid $130 for the rights to Superman, would they have been able to comprehend the billions of dollars that would flow from it. Superheroes have long been a part of popular culture – whether beloved by comic nerds in the 1930s or bringing millions into mainstream box offices today. What makes these characters so riveting? As you read the article, take note of the ways superheroes have changed throughout the years, and what these changes reveal about American society. Another reason of why are we obsessed with superheroes is, that Every action hero embodies the spirit of the age he is created in and as a result, is doomed to be a relic of his time.
James Bond is the suave secret agent of the Cold War, preserving the balance of power and enjoying the fruits of the status quo.
Mambo is the super-soldier of the Vietnam era, with little use for human pleasures, the embodiment of total war. Jason Bourne is the silent assassin of today’s digital world whose lifestyle of constant mobility serves both to outrun the gaze of security cameras and the nihilism of his situation. Traditional movie action stars mirror the state of the world they find themself. The subject of superpowers should be addressed. If Superman did not fly through the air and see through walls, his appeal would be considerably diminished. Critics often take these fantastical powers as the primary reason to ignore superhero stories; for what is fantastical must surely be escapist and therefore worthless. However, superpowers are symbolic in themselves.
This is why Americans are obsessed with superheroes, it is because superheroes try their best to make something better in the world.
And this is why I am obsessed with superheroes it is because they make something better for you.