"I cry on his lap like a baby." "Make my own living." "You take it for granted that I am in something that I want to get out of."
Stella's actions and words explain the way gender is viewed in society, and how they would act in different situations.
"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"
"He acts like an animal, has an animal's habits!.. Stanley Kowalksi — survivor of the stone age, bearing the raw meat home from the kill in the jungle. And you — you here — waiting for him!
The quotes being used explain the scene where Stanley hits Stella, and Stella is trying to convince Blanche that he didn't mean it. This quote explains that in that time period, being in a toxic relationship was something that was normal. The women in this society did not want to listen to any advice being given to them, the character of Stella shows that gender was something that was not taken so serious unless it was a man. Stella will always put up with Stanley's abuse because she was "blinded" by love and she did not want to feel alone.
"Stella: He smashed all the lightbulbs with the heel of my slipper. Blanche DuBois: And you let him? Didn't run, didn't scream? Stella: Actually, I was sorta thrilled by it."
The way that Stella is describing what Stanley did explains that she has put up with those actions for a long time. This explains gender commentary because the women in that society put up with everything that a man would do to them no matter what it was. Stella was trying to convince Blanche that Stanley is doing things out of "love." She wants to always have someone who loves her and is always with her. Stella represents many women who go through the same thing but, will put up with it. This connects to the prompt because Stella is doing so many things for love and will put up with Stanley for love.
Tennessee Williams made the character, Stella, have those actions and say those words to inform the readers of how some women would act in that time period. Being a women in that society, was not a good time; they were treated with disrespect at times and they would not be taken serious. The way that Stella would defend Stanley after all the things he did to her shows that she was very "blinded" by love. Stella did not care if he hit her or if he would be a violent person she stayed with him because, in that time period, violence in a relationship was viewed as something normal. This play informs the readers that many women suffered from being a violent relationship but, they put up with it to have someone to be with them. In this society men were superior towards women; they will always get the respect from others.