Stella is one of the main characters in, "A street car named desire", she is characterized to be someone in the nature of dependency.
Stella is William's catalyst to show the roles and position of women in the early 1900s, seen to be dependent and unwilling to stand up for themselves.
I said I am not in anything...I guess ( William, 65)
This first quotation shows the ways of which she is refusing to leave the situation of which she is in, with Stanley. This is one of the gender defined moments, due to the showing of dependency and the "ineptitude" that William's characature illustates
"Yes you are blanche...ashamed of himself" (William, 63).
The second main altercation that alludes to how Stella is the one on the pedestal for women through, William's writing, as she has just been beaten by her drunk husband and then all is well when he wakes up the following morning. This is something that was common of the people in the time period William set the play in.
Stella symbolizes what it is to be feminine at the time. She allowed herself to be bossed around by her domineering husband, and went through and made an excuse for every flaw that he may have; everything from his drunkenness to that of his temper tantrums. Through her actions she endorses Stanley and the behavior of men at that time was deemed appropriate ,and the dictation that they had over their wives during this time period. Stella in all represents that women are lesser and more fragile creatures than that of male figures in relationships.