chapter  10
Fear and Rage in the Lives of Men
Pages 12

Tennessee Williams’ iconic, Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Streetcar Named Desire , features the character Stanley Kowalski, a domineering man given to aggression and violence. The tension arises in the story when Stanley’s sister-in-law, Blanche, arrives for an extended stay in the cramped twobedroom apartment inhabited by Stanley and his wife, Stella. Stanley seems to view this event as a challenge to his perceived right to control his wife and living space. At one point he says, “Just remember what Huey Long said-that every man’s a king-and I’m the king around here, and don’t you forget it.” Stanley is remarkably cruel to Blanche, and Stella is caught between her love for her husband and her sister.