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How does playwright Tennesse Willaims use the character's actions, descriptions, or words to make a strong statement on gender in our society? Stella is a woman who is very caring yet strongly willed. She is very "calm and composed. She has lots of patience". This is best exemplified through her confrontations with her unruly sister and abusive husband.
"You lay your hands on me and i'll!" A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams page 57
This was a key moment that truly displayed Stella's strongly willed nature. In this instant her husband Stanley was severely intoxicated tranforming him into a very frightful figure. Despite this, Stella showed no fear towards him and stood her ground. As a woman she defied traditional roles and did her best to put her husband into place. Tennessee William's inclusion of this moment in Streetcar Named Desire showed that women are not afraid to stick up for themselves. This scene did not end well for Stella since Stanley did hit her nontheless she stood her ground showing that women are not afraid to stick up for themselves
"You have no idea how stupid and horrid you're being!" A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams page 36
This was the moment upon Blanche's arrival. She was showering when Stanley and Stella were arguing over where the money from their home went. Stanley felt that because of the many jewels in Blanche's trunk, she was hiding the money that she got from the home. Stella knew that this was far from the truth and stood up for Blanche when she was not there to defend herself. Once again Stella exemplifies strength and is more than willing to stand up for herself and her sister. She challenges traditional gender roles of woman going to the extent of calling him "stupid". Early on in the book Tennessee Williams displays to the reader that Stella is a woman who will challenge her traditional roles as a woman and stand up for what she believes is right.
Through the character Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams defied traditional roles of woman and displayed to the reader that woman are no longer in the shadow of men. Even though as the book progresses the reader realizes that Stanley is truly the king of the home, Stella is not afraid to voice her opinion. Even in a state when Stanley was intoxicated beyond control, Stella stood her ground. Through Stella we see woman of our time period today. Our society has transitioned towards woman being independent and willing to speak up when they feel something is wrong. Woman now are strong and show that no man can stand in their way
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