© 2015 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire

by

Tennessee Williams

 Table of Contents

A Streetcar Named Desire Marriage Quotes

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #1

STANLEY
[bellowing] Hey there! Stella, Baby! (1.1)

The first thing the audience sees in Streetcar is the dynamic between Stanley and Stella – not the relationship between the two sisters or the sexual tension between Stanley and Blanche. This marriage and its foundations are at the core of the play’s conflicts.

Quote #2

STELLA
Can I come watch? (1.8)

Mitch will later tell Blanche that Stella and Stanley are just crazy about each other, but we get a sense of this mutual adoration early on in the play. Stella dotes on her husband to the point of worship.

Quote #3

STELLA
Yes. A different species.
BLANCHE
In what way; what’s he like?
STELLA
Oh, you can’t describe someone you’re in love with! (1.146-8)

Love blinds Stella to the social differences between herself and her husband. She doesn’t see the compatibility issues that Blanche does.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Advertisement
Noodle's College Search
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement