SCND-Gender Roles

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  • Stella can be seen as the type to do what she is told in order to keep everyone happy with her, especially when it comes to her husband, Stanley. Because she tries to please everyone and make people like her, she tends to usually keep to herself. She detests her husband's drunken state, yet she still loves him dearly just as she loves her sister, Blanche, and her friend, Eunice.
  • Hello! My name is Stella DuBoi-- Um, I mean-- Kowalkski!
  • Cheyenne Cowgill Period 4
  • You have no idea how stupid and horrid you're being! now close that trunk before she comes out of the bathroom!
  • Scene 2 Pgs. 36-37
  • Indeed they do, thank heavens-- I'M going outside.
  • Since when do you give me orders?
  • The Kowalkskis and the DuBois have different notions.
  • Key Moment #1: This is the first time Stella stands up to Stanley since he uses cruel diction as he talks about Blanche. Stella then gives up the whole "good wife" act and finally sets Stanley in his place. Since Stella doesn't ever talk back to Stanley in such a defensive tone, it catches him off guard and he has no idea how to respond back to her.
  • Scene 3 Page 57
  • Drunk--drunk--animal thing you! All of you--please go home! If any of you have one spark of decency in you--
  • You lay your hands on me and I'll--
  • Stella, watch out, he's--
  • Key Moment #2: Throughout this scene, Stanley mistreats Stella as they are in front of his friends, but she continues to let him do and say whatever he wanted to her such as letting him give her a rude and embarrassing slap on her butt in front of everyone. Stella, however, does not act accordingly until Stanley finally crossed the line by throwing their radio out of the window; this action forces Stella to put her foot down and get Stanley to control his behavior, only for her to be beaten by him as he is in a drunken state.
  • These two key moments in the play are relevant to the idea of gender roles because it shows one example of what is "normal and strange behavior." The first moment is an example of "strange behavior" because it is the first time Stella has had a true voice to stand up to Stanley for her Blanche after he speak poorly of her. The "normal behavior" in the second moment is when Stanley is drunk and behaves inappropriately towards Stella in front of his friends. However, Stella dismisses all of it even after he had beaten her. This is like life because in some cases, women are often stuck in abusive relationships where they allow their partners control and manipulate them because they believe if they don't do what their partner wants them to do, then they will lose them and be alone.
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