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  • "What have I done to my sister? Oh, God, what have I done to my sister?" (Williams, 141)
  • “He didn’t know what he was doing…He was as good as a lamb when I came back and he’s really, very, very ashamed of himself.” (Williams, 63)
  • "STELLA! Stellaaaa! Stelllllaaaaaaaaaa!"
  • This triangle represents "the triangle of love and affection". With Stella as the main point, Stanley and Blanche are in a constant battle to win Stella over. This is the root of the main conflict throughout the plot.
  • How does the playwright Tennessee Williams use Stella's actions, description, or words to make a strong statement about gender in our society?
  • “You didn’t know Blanche as a girl,” [she argues] “Nobody, nobody, was tender and trusting as she was” (Williams, 34)
  • "Stella embraces him with both arms, fiercely, and full in the view of Blanche. He laughs and clasps her head to him. Over her head he grins through the curtains at Blanche." (Williams, 73)
  • Stella was considering Blanche's comments about Stanley, but when he walks through the door she gives into him. Stanley knows he won Stella's love in this scene. The key moment before hand illuminates the constant battle Stella has between supporting her abusive husband or self-centered sister. During this time period women had to be the social support of the household. Stella cannot perform this traditional duty because she torn between her "blood" (Blanche) and her "love" (Stanley).
  • In scene two, Stanley was giving Stella a hard time about her sister Blanche, because he claimed he discovered some dirt on her back in the DuBois hometown of Laurel. Stella is quick to defend her sister in front of her short tempered husband.
  • This second key moment in scene two provides a strong contrast between the expected gender role of Stella in society versus the role she assumed for the sake of her sister. In most conversations with Stanley, Stella takes on the role of the submissive and supportive wife. However, once Stanley tries to degrade Blanche's reputation, Stella is the first to contradict his opinion due to the fact that Blanche has always been a trustworthy individual, unlike Stanley. Our society creates the stigma that women must always be supportive of their husbands despite how their partner treats them in return.
  • Williams uses Stella's actions towards Stanley and Blanche to establish a strong statement about gender in our society. Like any woman, Stella likes to be wanted and admired by Stanley even after he disrespects her. The reason she always keeps crawling back, like in scene four, is because it is her duty as a woman to support and forgive her husband. On the other hand, women are also expected to maintain a supportive relationship with family members. This is why Stella defends Blanche in front of her husband because he triggers Stella. Overall, Stella is conflicted between devoting all of her support to one person because she will defy society's gender roles.
  • This is like life because we all have to evaluate which individual in our life deserves our unconditional love over another.
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