Stella

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  • Stella is a 25 year old. She is married to Stanley who she shares a violent relationship with but can not admit that to herself or anyone else. She makes it seem like she differs from her crazy and delusional sister but at the end of the book when she believes Stanley over her own sister when her sister says he raped her, it shows that she is not much different from her sister after all.
  • "Drunk-drunk-animal thing, youl [She rushes through to the poker table] All of you-please go home! If any of you have one spark of decency in you"
  • "Poker shouldn't be played in a house with women."
  • Stella, who has been in an abusive relationship for some time now, exclaims that the men have little if any decency and basically receives the notion that the men think women can't handle an intense environment.
  • "He didn't know what he was doing...He was as good as a lamb when I came back and he's really, really ashamed of himself."
  • When I found out you'd been insane enough to come back in here after what happened
  • Stella clearly rejects Blanche's advice to leave her abusive relationship, portraying the message that in society men have a lot of control over women's actions and decisions.
  • In a Streetcar Named Desire, Williams uses Stella's commentary to expose men's control ovwer women and the adverse effects of that control in a patriarchal society that existed at that time. Stanley often demonstrated the flaws that could be created by this control via his subjection of Stella to an abusive relationship. The poker night displayed his verbal abuse as a way to force Stella to quiet down. This message of dominance also exposed itself as being received by Stella when Blanche failed to convince Stella to end her unhealthy relationship.
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