power are quite distinctive from one another in both these novels.
From one point of view it could be argued the men are the autocrats
and considered as oppressors to females in the male dominated
society. On another point of view, they are victims of their own
patriarchy. In the male dominated society men are the decision
makers and have the instrumental role. Despite benefitting from the
patriarchythey are still victims (Synnot n. p.).This is because
to secure his place in the family, a man has to dominate over his
children and wife. This means a boy is always forced to choose
between his mother and father, which means a choice between the two
Boys often tend to choose the heterosexuality because of fear. For example Mr Albert is brought into the patriarch society by heterosexuality. He is always craving for Shug, but was forced to marry Julia and Annie by his father. Powerless to challenge his father he must keep his relationship with Shug hidden. show more content
There is an ongoing power struggle between Stanley and Blanche, which propels the narrative. Stanley has the power of masculine physicality and mentality, whereas Blanche has only the power of her background, of which she feigns to be her class. As the battle between the two is predominately over Stella, we begin to witness in scene 2 where Stanley openly accuses Blanche of hiding legal papers connected with the plantation. His aggressive nature towards her motivates the idea of his resentment towards her, as he shoves [the trunk] roughly open looking for papers she claims not to have. This hostile confrontation is the first of many; the most memorable at the end of the tenth scene, in which Stanley sexually abuses Blanche. It promotes Stanleys victory over Blanche, as Stanley reaches the height of power by taking physical advantage of her weakness. His victory of the power struggle continues to Scene Eleven, when Blanche
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