Throughout the play A Streetcar Names Desire by Tennessee Williams, Stella is a victim of abuse from those around her. Balance Dubos, Stall’s sister staying with Stella and Stanley from Laurel, finds herself lost after loosing a life of luxury on a ranch. Stanley, Stall’s husband, has irreconcilable differences with Blanch on most views. The great difference between Stanley and Balance causes Stella to be a middleman: caught in-between the ongoing dispute.
This position Stella holds attracts guilt and abuse from Stanley and Balance.An outsider’s view of sympathy towards Stella is based upon the actions from Balance and Stanley towards her, as a victim of physical and emotional abuse. Balance Dubious reenters Stall’s life with expectations to be welcomed. She is quickly mistaken upon meeting Stanley. As a result of Stanley and Blanches differences, they did not share any form of a positive relationship.
Because of this, Balance does not approve of her way of living nor the man she is in love with. Balance states with a superior attitude, “Well if you’ll forgive me- he’s common! (82). Stella, insulted by her sister, is left unsure of whom to side with. This unapproved notion of Stanley, adds to the sympathy towards Stella as she is not receiving the respect and trust of Judgment from Balance. As a victim of verbal abuse, the empathy for Stella is caused by Blanches actions. Stanley does not treat Stella with the respect a devoted and loving husband should give. Stella, a pregnant woman at this point of the play, comes home to men laying poker late at night. Stanley does not show any respect for Stella nor Balance.
He throws his watermelon on the floor, plays music from the radio loudly, and will not end the game when Stella asks. In the stage directions “Stanley charges after Stella” (63), the reader gets a sense of Stanley annalistic ways. Stanley punches Stella, sending Stella to Niece’s apartment in a panic. The exploitation of disrespect and physical abuse leaves readers debating why Stella has not yet left Stanley. These actions Stanley does is the cause of the sympathy readers feel for Stella. The moment every mother will never forget, the moment she was apart of the miracle of life.
This moment for Stella however was unlike most women. Neither Stanley nor Balance were present, Stella was alone at the hospital unaware of the happenings at home. Stanley states to Balance, “Uh-huh, It goes to show, you never know what is coming” (154). This disturbing quote was before he raped Balance. The premeditated thought to rape Balance at her weakest point is terrible. Not only do e get a sense of Stanley lack of support for his wife, but also we see his annalistic behavior again.The moment of happiness she should be feeling, is why sympathy is felt towards Stella. Stall’s moment was shattered by the action of others.
As a victim of physical and verbal abuse, Stella suffers throughout the novel. Looking into the future, the sympathy towards Stella is based on how she will cope with the thought of a rapist husband. Throughout the play, empathy is felt for Stella based off of the actions of Balance and Stanley. Street Car Names Desire By Danielson 004