Unlike the latter, Kowalski was a virile individual; dominating existence in such a way that commands respect from others despite the fact that he manifested a kind of brutalism that frightened even Williams. In Blanche, Kowalski further drew his contrast. If the woman represented the fate of those less equipped to confront the modern world, Kowalski was different. He was an individual who was driven to the margin of existence and expelled by the positivist drive of his society. With all these factors, he managed to trudge on and function. Kowalski, hence, was depicted as one who seemed to be the master of his own fate, rather than play the part of a victim. His relationship with Blanche highlighted all these.
Kowalski has a very passionate but volatile relationship with his wife. Stanley saw Blanche’s intrusion into his and her sister’s life as a threat to the marriage. In the denouement of their conflict, Kowalski raped Blanche as his wife was giving birth. This led to Blanche’s insanity.
One of the most telling aspects in Williams’ characterization of Kowalski was his drinking habits. He drinks with friends during their bouts of bowling and in several of their poker nights. Williams used this dimension to underscore Kowalski’s deep dissatisfaction of his life. With alcohol, as with his other brutal acts, he was attempting to bring down everybody’s lives down to the level of his own. Furthermore, when drunk, Kowalski was at his element as a macho man, trying to show who “wears the trousers” in the house. Kowalski’s drinking, as one sees here, has many social representation and these were reinforced by Kowalski’s nature and fate in the narrative.
All in all, Kowalski’s brutality and virility seems to be a defense mechanism for his own vulnerability and insecurity. He turns to violence, animal sexuality and alcohol as forms of reassurances. The most important lesson, however, that a reader would find in Kowalski’s character – with all