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Stella is the wife of Stanley and the younger sister of Blanche. She lives with her husband Stanley in an abusive marriage for which Blanche wants to get her out of, however she does not wish to exit the marriage.
[She backs out of sight. He advances and disappears. There is the sound of a blow, Stella cries out. Blanche screams and runs into the kitchen. The men rush forward and there is grapping and cursing. Something is overturned with a crash.] (Scene 3. Pg57)
During the poker game, Stanley gets mad and in his drunken state of rage throws away the radio. Resulting in Stella becoming angry and yelling at him however Stanley fights back but with violence instead of words, resulting in him beating her while being pregnant with his child. Instead of fighting back, Stella cries in fear, running to Eunice's apartment. The statement about gender made in this key moment is the fact that it depicts the passive attitude in which females have towards their reaction to danger (domestic abuse). Where as males are generally aggressive resulting in them quick to turn to violence.
"Every Man is a King!" And i am the king around here, so don't forget it! [He hurls a cup and saucer to the floor] My place is clear! You want me to clear your places? (Scene 8. Pg.107-108)
While cleaning up from Blanche's birthday dinner, Stella calls Stanley a "pig" who is "disgustingly greasy." These comments once again send Stanley into a rage, in which he demands that she recognize that he is a man, and in being a man means that he is the king. In order to not make him any more angry, Stella cries over the situation and making herself submissive to the dominance demonstrated by Stanley. The statement about gender made in this key moment is the fact that women most be submissive to men and in doing so, men most be demanding and have a desire to seek for control.
The inability for Stella to defend herself from Stanley's violence, both physically and emotionally, depicts that with in our society men have a unending need for power and control where as a women must be accepting of whatever a man may do to them due to there ability to bear all of the pain that occurs.
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