A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire
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for AP Lit

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  • No! She's coming downstairs.
  • Did he kill her?
  • Call the police. I'm going to call the police!!!
  • What's the matter with Eun-uss?
  • Naw. She's gettin' a drink.
  • That's much more practical!
  • She and Steve had a row. Has she got the police?
  • Stella is the passive, loving sister of Blanche. She is married to "Stanley, the brute", and has unwavering loyalty towards him even though he has severe anger issues. Stella believes that its her loyalty that brings her back to him each time. Williams created the character of Stella to embody the typical woman at this time of elevated domestic violence and low feminine self esteem.
  • I don't know if I did the right thing...
  • What else could you do?
  • The first scene to showcase domestic violence. Steve hits Eunice as a result of an argument, and she threatens to go to the police. This happens all in the presence of the two sisters.
  • I couldn't believe her story and go on living with Stanley.
  • Don't ever believe it. Life has got to go on. No matter what happens, you've got to keep on going.
  • Stella thinks nothing of Steve's act of violence. Instead, she states that Eunice resorting to alcohol in lieu of going to the police for her safety is the practical. This emphasizes Stella's view on domestic violence by showing the husband is the protector of his wife, he can never be seen as dangerous or a threat.
  • Stella converses with Eunice about her regret in not believing Blanche about Stanley.
  • This scene capitalizes the loyalty Stella is forced to exhibit to her husband so she can salvage her marriage. Her worth is seemingly dependent on her marital status and thus, she chooses to keep her status by trusting her husband over her own sister.
  • These two scene capitalize Williams critic on the value of women in society. The value of women is based off of her marital status and how happy she keeps her husband. Domestic violence is hidden in society because a man is seen as the one to protect his family - never the one to hurt them. But when he does, it's hard for a woman to run away because when she is without a husband, her value seems to drop. Williams' use of these two scene heavily criticize the fact that society values a wife more than the woman she was before marriage.
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