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Stella is Blanches younger sister about twenty-five years old and of a mild disposition that visibly sets her apart from her more vulgar neighbors In New Orleans Stella married the lower-class Stanley with whom she shares a robust sexual relationship Stellas union with Stanley is both animal and spiritual violent but renewing After Blanches arrival Stella is torn between staying devoted to her sister and standing by the side of her husband Eventually she stands by Stanley perhaps in part because she gives birth to his child near the plays end While she loves and pities Blanche she cannot bring herself to believe Blanches accusations that Stanley dislikes her she eventually dismisses Blanches claim that Stanley raped her which is the complete truth Stellas denial of reality at the plays end shows that she has more in common with her sister than she thinks During the play Stella fled from the room after being smacked by Stanley for her it was a regular occurrence she knew that she had stepped out of line when she was talking to Stanley Stella had seen the smack coming But for Blanche it was something new to see she had never been struck by a man had never seen a woman being struck by a man and couldnt understand why this man had struck her sister The question though was why had Stella run Was it because her sister was present and she was ashamed of the relationship that she had with her husband Or was it because she was sick of being smacked around by her husband The reason didnt seem to matter the next morning when Stella was back and acting as though nothing had happened between her and her tyrant husband the previous night Blanche and Stella had a perplex relationship Stella was often torn between the allegiance to her husband and the devotion to her sister It was often the devotion that she chose when
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