Street Car Named Desire: Stella


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  • Stella is the mediating point between Blanche and Stanley. In many ways, we can interpret the conflict between Stanley and Blanche as a territorial battle over who gets Stella’s love and affection. Stella wants nothing else than stability which is why she attempts to fight for both Blanche and Stanley. "I said I am not in anything that I have a desire to get out of.... People have got to tolerate each other's habits, I guess. " ( William, 65) Ultimately She's force to choose between two forms of love.
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  • "I want to go away. I want to go away." (William, 58)
  • This is after Stella is beat by Stanley and she is weeping to herself, as Eunice comforts her. Stella feels bad that she can't escape her situation do to the times, This is clear when she says I want go instead of I'm leaving. In that time women were so dependent on men that they had to deal with such mistreatment .
  • "I couldn't believe her story and go on living with Stanley." (William, 133)
  • At the end of the play to Stella does not believe her sister was raped by stanley, sends her off to a mental institution, and side with Stanley. Stella has given up her fight to choose both Stanley and Blanche and give up on Blanche. She doesn’t say that she thinks Blanche is lying; rather she’s consciously choosing to think Blanche is lying so her life can continue without interruption. This is do to the fact that with a child, Stella couldn't possibly hope to live without Stanley providing, She's completely trapped and must make a seemingly impossible
  • In Streetcar Named Desire, Tennesse Williams portrays Stella as a mediating point between her two loves, Stanley and Blanche. In Stellas attempt to keep both her crazy sister and her totalitarian husband happy, Stella begins to lose her grip on both. Finally Stella has to choose in between two evils, Tennesse Williams displays the problems of the 1950's through Stella such as prostitution,Alcoholism, wife beating and women co-dependency. William confirms that the Women were completely subservient to there husband, after Stella chooses Stanley over Blanche mostly do to the stability a man provides
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