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How is Stanley's first action in the play, throwing meat, symbolic?
Stanley is "unrefined" so he throws food.
Stanley has "love of good drink and food" and he is sharing that with Stella.
Stanley literally "brings home the meat" as the dominant provider and figuratively his throwing the meat can be viewed as a symbol of male virulity.
It reinforces the "raffish charm" of New Orleans.
It reinforces Stella's high class.