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  • How does playwright Tennessee Williams use the character's actions, descriptions, or words to make a strong statementabut gender in our society? In a streetcar named desire, Tennessee Williams portrayed the character of Stella as a perfect example of a typical women of that time period, influenced by men, society, lovers and law. Society was evolving yet women were still being oppressed by total control and dependency of men. Women believed men were the key to achieving happiness concerned over the fact that they were unable to support themselves. Even though, new opportunities were arising it was a challenge for women to escape from such oppression.
  • Prompt & introduction of Stella
  • First key moment
  • In scene 3, “Drunk-Drunk-animal thing you!.. You lay your hands on me and I’ll-“Stella displays how she fears Stanley by backing up and threatening him however that didn’t prevent him from hitting her. It was not the first time he had hit her, Stanley’s poker nights were fun for him but seemed to get out of control. However, Stella was still in a relationship with Stanley. Leaving with Blanche wasn’t going to help secure her future they were unable to support themselves mainly why she relied on men.
  • Explanation
  • Stanley believes women are in need for him and rely on him to survive and he is absolutely correct. Meanwhile society was evolving not all women are changing Stella is even more dependent on men. Stanley has full control over Stella, she has a say but it becomes easily overpowered by Stanley’s non- feminist self. She sees non way out of life without a men on her side conveying her full dependence on men.
  • Second key moment
  • In scene 11, the narrator’s 2nd to last words, “He kneels besides her and his fingers find the opening of her blouse.” After all the hardships Stella had to face due to Blanche’s river of lies with the help of Stanley they brought everything to an end and sent Blanche off. Stanley runs to her and believes hat looking for Stella in her weakest moments will get her happy and indeed he wasn’t wrong. Every time Stella becomes more and more dependent on Stanley because in her mind and in many other women of her time period men were the key to achieving happiness.
  • Explanation
  • Happiness in Stella’s eyes can only be achieved by her lover, in every occasion that she suffers or is simply sad she falls right into Stanley’s contemplating love. She feels the need to rely constantly on Stanley to relieve her from those gloomy moments. Stella seems to only find a solution to everything meaning Stanley, she is very dependent on him in every occasion and conveys that he has total control over her.
  • Synthesis of both moments
  • In A Streetcar named Desire, society was evolving, women’s morals were changing but in Stella’s case she was not changing at all, now in society women are very independent they have well paid jobs and do similar task like those of men. However, not all women have the potential to live without men and still depend on them and in several cases are physically and emotionally abused. Over the years, circumstances have changed but Stella’s way of living still occurs.
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