Meet Stella, wife of Stanley Kowalski. She is a "gentle young woman, about Twenty five". Stella also has an older sister Blanche who is about 5 years older.
Despite Stella telling Stanley to respect Blanche and her privacy she is helpless but to watch as Stanley makes a mess out of Blanche's personal suitcase as he frantically calls out all the nice things he sees.
Stanley is"jerking out an armful of dresses" and calling out Blanche's honesty and all Stella is able to do is say "hush". While Stanley is bringing evidence to Stella's eyes she finds different ways to talk about how they aren't what they seem. And this difference is action is what separates Stanley, a male character, from Stella, a female one. Stanley who embodies all of the most toxic masculine characteristics a character can have is violently throwing evidence in the face of Stella a character who inhabits some of the worst feminine qualities as she does nothing to stop Stanley and only talks to combat Stanley action.
Blanche is shocked to find out her sister went back to Stanley after he had physically abused Stella. Blanche had thought her sister was far away from the abusive husband.
Stella has the most submissive aspect of femininity and it is enabling Stanley's toxic masculinity to abuse her. Stella who doesn't stick to the overly submissive side of feminity and is shocked to see that Stella would allow herself to love someone so abusive. It is unlikely that if Stella wasn't so submissive that they would have ever been married and if Stella was able to break away from her overly feminine personality she would be able to stand up for herself and never have to take the abuse.
The author is showing the reader how while Masculinity can be toxic by overly embracing femininity people open them selves to be taken advantage of by those around them. When Stella is pushed by Stanley she does nothing but to defend herself and when she is abused physically she come back into the embrace of her drunken lover. Stella has allowed her feminine identity to allow Stanley to take control of her life and robbed her of any true autonomy. Even when her sister is being taken away she still returns to Stanley because she cant stand on her own two feet without Stanley. The author reveals how by embracing one gender or another too much we open ourselves to the worst traits in humanity.
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