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In the play A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams the family is broken up due to the desires of both Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski However Stella Stanleys wife also contributes to the unfaithfulness of her husband It is Stellas weak demeanor and complete difference in identity from that of her sister Blanche that drives Stanley to commit an unfaithful act with Blanche No one person is to blame for the breakup of the DuBoisKowalski family Blanche Stella and even Stanley played their own role is disrupting the peace that was once shared among them Blanche desires what her sister has although it is not much Stella has a husband to care for her A husband that loves her that no one could question meaning that he is not gay Stellas life is one that is settled and complete Blanche on the other hand has a life that is in turmoil She arrives in New Orleans a talkative witty arrogant fragile and eventually a crumbling figure Blanche once was married to and passionately in love with a tortured young man He killed himself after she discovered his homosexuality and she has suffered from guilt and regret ever since She wants a cultured man but is often subconsciously attracted to strong macho male characters perhaps a response to her marriage with a cultured sensitive man which ended in disaster So although Blanche dislikes Stanley as a person she is drawn to him as a type of man who is obviously heterosexual and who is strong enough to protect her from a harsh world Stanley is ultimately what she wants yet detests and because of Stella she can not have him Stanley desires a woman who is cultured who has seen the world and has the ability to be outspoken This is
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