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  • This is Stella Kowalski. She is the loving wife of Stanley Kowalski and the sister of Blanche Dubois. Throughout the story, she serves as a medium of communication between the two polar opposites of Stanley and Blanche.
  • "The door upstairs opens again. Stella slips down the rickety stairs in her robe. Her eyes are glistening with tears and her hair loose about her throat and shoulders. They stare at each other... He snatches the screen door open and lifts her off her feet and bears her into the dark flat..." (Williams 67)
  • Explanation: This scene shows the dependence that Stella has for Stanley. Even though things had escalated and turned violent, she returns to Stanley once he comes to and demands for her return. This decision by Stella to return to her abusive husband shows that in society, love establishes a strong dependence by both parties, for both parties, of the relationship.
  • "Stella has embraced him with both arms, fiercely, and full in the view of Blanche. He laughs and clasps her head to him." (Williams 84)
  • Explanation: Prior to this scene, Blanche is trying to get Stella to leave Stanley. She says she knows a man that would be generous enough to help them out. Stella responds by rushing to Stanley for his embrace once he comes home, telling Blanche that she loves Stanley too much to leave him, showing her dependence on him.
  • In both of the presented scenes, Stella is returning to Stanley, which shows her strong dependence on him. As such, Tennessee Williams uses Stella's actions to make the statement that some women depend on men such to an extent that they may refuse the help of others. This is like life because when couples are in love, they are blinded to a point that the female becomes dependent on the male and may even disregard any flaws out of love
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