A Manís Abuse

        In the 1951 movie A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Elia Kazan and based on Tennessee Williams' 1947 play, was one of the best movies I have seen all semester and possibly ever. The intense reactions from all of the actors made the movie very intriguing and interesting. One character that stood out the most for me was Stanley Kowalski (Marlon Brando). His character seemed to have many emotional and psychological problems, at least for me. He poured all of his problems into his drinking, which only escalated his violent behavior.

        His wife, Stella Kowalski (Kim Hunter), seemed to be the most affected by Stanley's violent tendencies. Even though he showed his violence to everyone, he used Stella as his punching bag for any aggression or anger he needed to get out. He did not hesitate to show his anger; he would throw things and throw tantrums to get his way. The most shocking scene for me occurred when he hit Stella. I was not expecting him to hit her because she was carrying his child. However, I was astonished by the fact that Stella went back to him. I cannot comprehend why she did return to a man who beats her and endangers the life of her child.

        In conclusion, the movie was very dramatic; and I loved every second of the movie. Not one minute passed that I was not hooked to the emotions and actions that were given by the actors. I was most drawn to Stanley because of his behavior and the actions that he made. I never knew what to expect with Stanley. However, I hated Stanley the most. He was incredibly mean to anyone who stood in his way, including his friends and his wife. He did not care whom he hurt just as long as he got his way. If one did not obey him one suffered the consequences.

Maria Ratliff

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