Abuse in a Streetcar Named Desire
For this post I chose option 1, which is about themes in A Streetcar Named Desire. The theme I chose is abuse which was expanded upon in class, the examples are mental, physical, and emotional.
I chose physical abuse, specifically when Stanley hits Stella because she isn’t obeying his orders to turn the radio of during his poker game. After Stanley hits her Blanche, Stella’s sister, takes her out of the apartment and devises a plan for them to leave. Stanley realizes what he has done and calls out to Stella to forgive him, which she does much to her sisters protests.
This is a prime example of what really happens in domestic abuse situations which are prevalent in many places including right here in the United States of America.
An article recently published by the Washington Post talks about different countries and recent bills passed and what their domestic abuse statistics are. The article talks about how domestic abuse is common but many are afraid to report it due to backlash from the abuser. Also, many women are reluctant to leave because they worry about how they will support their families without their abuser.
This article talks about a woman who married her husband young and the abuse started almost immediately but she stayed with him because she loved him and didn’t know how she could leave him. This parallels Stella’s situation from the play, she is pregnant with Stanley’s baby and doesn’t know how she could leave him. Also Stella got married young and is in love with Stanley even though he abuses her. The difference between these two situations is that the girl in the article finally got the strength to leave her husband whereas Stella stayed with her husband.
If you or someone you know is being abuse by a significant other click here for information on what to do and who can help.