A Streetcar Named Desire - Stella
Meredith Knight 3rd Period
Stella is the wife of Stanley Kowalski. She is "a gentle young woman, about 25" who is the spitting image of a housewife. She's obedient and does exactly what society expects of her.
Stanley begs for forgiveness after he throws a fit and Stella runs out. Stella immediately forgives him as he "falls to his knees on the steps and presses his face to her belly..." (Williams 60)
Stella's instantaneous forgivness of Stanely after his outburst demonstrates Stella's repressive nature, In this scene, she sybolizes the expectation of the actions of all women in a situation like this, where the husband can do whatever he wants and his wife must stay with him no matter what
The next morning, Stella defended Stanley's actions, acting "as if nothing out of the ordinary has happened." Stella said she's "not in anything that [she has] the desire to get out of." She states that Stanley's pleasure is poker and what comes with it and hers are only bridge and movies but "people have to tolerate each other's habits." (Williams 65)
It's okay Blanche, there's no need to worry
What are you doing??
Through Stella's blatant disregard for Stanley's treatment of her, she showed the stereotypical housewife's response to a situation like that. She represents any woman during that time period who was too afraid to stand up for herself becuase she was taught that she was inferior to men
I'll just clean up now
You need to get out!
Stella is a symbol for the role of women during the 1940s. She directly represents what it meant to be feminine at the time. She allowed herself to be surpressed and bossed around by her husband, explaining away any flaw he might have, excusing every bad thing he did to her. Her life shows the struggle of women to fight for equality. Through Stella's actions, she endorses Stanley and categorizes men, saying that their behavior is okay because that's how men are. This states how at the time, gender roles included men being the boss of the house, dictating every move their wife make, while women are housewives that are only their to support their husbands and have families with. Stella represents that women are the subordinate figures in a relationship
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