Streetcar Named Desire: Frantz Fanon's Racism And Culture

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Frantz Fanon was a psychologist whose area of expertise were in race relation, with a specialty in colonization, and the steps, which every oppressed group goes through. In Fanon’s “Racism and Culture” Fanon states the four steps every oppressed group goes through “Survival, assimilation, identity, and superiority” (Fanon). However, the simplified steps are oppression, assimilation, and revolution. In Tennessee Williams play a Streetcar Named Desire, each of his three main characters embody one of the three steps a oppressed group much go through, from either the side of the oppressor, or from the oppressed. Stanly embodies oppression, from the point of view as the oppressors, Stella embodies assimilation, from either point of view, and Blanche embodies revolution from the point of view of the oppressed.…show more content…
Stanley throughout the play constantly tries to force everyone around him to succumb to his own way of living, and he is willing to use any force he sees as necessary to satisfy his own will. When Blanche arrives at his and Stella’s home he is immediately defensive. When he is faced with even the slightly criticism, he completely looses control. In the second scene of the play Stanley has already started accusing Blanche of selling Belle Reve, and purchasing clothing and jewelry with the money from the home. Stanley is trying to make Stella think poorly of Blanche, and force her onto his side in the struggle between them that he has created, Stanley states “Here’s your plantation, or what was left of it, here!” (Williams, 35). Upon Blanches arrival Stanley immediately feels threatened, and tries to turn Blanches only ally against

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