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A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire

by Tennessee Williams

Marriage Quotes

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #4

STELLA
I can hardly stand it when he is away for a night…
[…]
STELLA
When he’s away for a week I nearly go wild!
[…]
STELLA
And when he comes back I cry on his lap like a baby… (1.161-6)

Stella’s feelings for Stanley are driven by an intensity bordering on madness.

Quote #5

STELLA
…You come out with me while Blanche is getting dressed.
STANLEY
Since when do you give me orders? (2.70-1)

Blanche has changed the dynamic of Stanley and Stella’s relationship. This is why Stanley resents her so much.

Quote #6

STELLA
No. Stanley’s the only one of his crowd that’s likely to get anywhere.
[…]
STELLA
It isn’t on his forehead and it isn’t genius.
[…]
STELLA
It’s a drive that he has. (3.68-76)

As we’ve seen elsewhere, Stella’s love for her husband borders on hero-worship. How accurate is her vision of Stanley?

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