Stella Gender Role


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  • Stella Kowalski is Blanche's sister and Stanley's wife. Stella does what everyone wants her to. She wants to please other people rather than standing up for herself. Stella and Stanley take on very typical roles for the time period which is why everything changes when "wild card" Blanche comes into the picture.
  • "He didn't know what he was doing....He was as good as a lamb when I came back and he's really very, very ashamed of himself." Scene 4
  • Before Stella gave this statement to Blanche, Stanley, who was drunk when this happended, beat Stella after getting angry with her and Blanche's actions while he was playing poker with some friends. She however to her sister's dismay, forgives Stanley for what he has done. This action shows how she embodies a lot of characteristics of the stereotypical submissive housewife. Stella is passive and obedient, which during this time, was this typical characteristics of a house wife.
  • " I couldn't believe her story and go on living with Stauley." Scene 11,
  • Finally, Stella defends Stanley in the end, sending her sister Blanche to a mental institution. She would rather believe Stanley and stay with him than believe what Blanche told her and consequently end her marriage. Essentially, Stella is a submissive, self-deprecating wife who tolerates and excuses her husband’s behavior”. The collected textual evidence supports the claim that Stella can be seen as the stereotypical “submissive wife”.
  • This is like life because nowadays women are still in abusive relationships. Men, even till this day, feel like they have power over women and that women are weaker compared to them. Even though this is not the case, the ideology remains and from the time the book takes place, all the way till present time. This needs to change because this type of mindset is very wrong and needs to change so we can progress and be a better society.
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