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The Manhood with Anxiety in A Streetcar Named Desire
A Streetcar Named Desire
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Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire premiered in 1947; its success elevated him to the top rank of America’s playwrights. One reason the play aroused much attention among audiences and readers was because of its representation of gender issue. The play depicts gender inequality between men and women. It is inevitable that the male protagonist, Stanley, rarely steers clear of the denunciations by the critics and audiences. Through this play, Williams seems to accentuate men’s power and dominance in a patriarchal system.
However, many of the critics pay less attention to manhood of the male characters as an important gender issue in this play. What is more, there is no analytical exploration of the environment where all of these male characters’ demonstration of manhood is expected and requested. In other words, male characters’ manhood seems to be ignored.
In the play, the concept of manhood as defined by society is highly regarded, entailing serious responsibility for the four male characters, Stanley, Mitch, Allan, and Steve, to live up to the ideals. All of them struggle with their manhood in a society and historical period when it is difficult to provide income, protect their family, and embrace homosexuality. With an emphasis on Williams’ depiction of male characters, this thesis argues that A Streetcar Named Desire reveals men’s anxiety about their manhood because they are supposed to authenticate their manhood with strenuous efforts.
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