Stella Kowalski's Sexuality In A Streetcar Named Desire

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In the play A Streetcar Named Desire written by Tennessee Williams, the main character, Blanche DuBois, travels to New Orleans to stay with her sister, Stella, and Stella’s husband, Stanley Kowalski. Throughout the play, sexulaity is seen as a strong motivator for many of the characters actions. Early in the play, Stanley is introduced as a particularly sexual character, “ Since earliest manhood the center of his life has been pleasure with women, the giving and taking of it, not with weak indulgence...He sizes women up with a glance, with sexual classifications…” (Williams 25). Stanley’s sexuality affects Stella and Blanche heavily throughout the play. Blanche’s own sexuality and that of her late husband’s also contributes significantly to her life. The interactions between the main characters amplify the statement that sexuality is a primitive, powerful force, capable of creating or destroying life. The relationship between Stanley and Stella Kowalski is an example of the power of sexuality’s ability to create life. The sexual dynamic between Stella and Stanley is what allows their marriage to be sustained. Stella’s attraction to Stanley overrides many of Stanley’s…show more content…
In Blanche and Stanley’s initial interactions, there was an air of sexual tension. This tension dissipates completely as the play progresses, and their relationship turns into a resentful and hateful one. Throughout the play, Stanley has several violent outbursts towards Stella that worry Blanche. This allows Stanley to assert dominance over both women. At the end of the play, Stanley releases his pent up anger and frustration toward Blanche through a sexual attack. Stanley takes advantage of Blanche using his assertion and Blanche’s vulnerability due to her mental state and high level of intoxication. After the attack, Blanche’s already diminished mental state continues to deteriorate, leading her into
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