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Before The Womens Liberation Movement domestic violence was seen as a forbidden subject In the play Streetcar Named Desire Tennessee Williams shows how society accepted had ignored it One of the characters Stanley Kowalski even found it to be a positive and very sexual part of him and his wife Stellas relationship Throughout the play Williams shows that he believes that it is wrong In Streetcar Named Desire the forbidden subject of domestic violence is a major theme At the time that Streetcar was written society ignored domestic violence People knew that it happened but they pretended that it wasnt important Ho ho Theres nothing to be scared of Theyre crazy about each other Act 1 Scene 3 In this quote Mitch shows that either doesnt care that Stanley hits Stella or he just doesnt think that it is significant enough to be a problem He basically believes that is doesnt matter so he ignores it The character of Stanley sees violence as an erotic action Stella though she acts as if it doesnt bother her does not In Act 1 Scene 3 after Stanley hits Stella and then calls her back down they have sex It seems that hitting Stella is a turn-on for Stanley He probably thinks of it as a positive act in their relationship Throughout the play Williams gives strong evidence that he abhors domestic violence He also appears to believe that a woman that is abused should leave her husband When I found out that youd been insane enough to come back in here after what happened - I started to rush in after you Act 1 Scene 4 Blanche is telling Stella that she was weak by giving in to Stanley Williams might consider women like Stella should be strong and make themselves a better life with someone else The theme of domestic violence is a strong subject in the play Streetcar Named Desire People of the time chose
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