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A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire

by Tennessee Williams

Marriage Quotes

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Quote #7

BLANCHE
I’m terrified!
MITCH
Ho-ho! There’s nothing to be scared of. They’re crazy about each other. (3.205-6)

Mitch is right; Stanley and Stella might have their violent altercations, but we never for a moment doubt their feelings for each other. This basic tension – between violent anger and sexual desire – drives the play.

Quote #8

STELLA
Stanley doesn’t give me a regular allowance, he likes to pay bills himself. (4.79)

This tiny detail is rather telling about Stanley’s approach to marriage. This is no partnership between equals – he wants to be in complete control.

Quote #9

Stella has embraced him with both arms, fiercely, and full in the view of Blanche. He laughs and clasps her head to him. Over her head he grins through the curtains at Blanche. (4.126)

Stanley establishes power over Blanche via his marriage. They’re basically fighting for Stella as if she’s territory.

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