A Streetcar Named Desire

Stanley is abusive in this scene. do you get the feeling this is his normal treatment of Stella? or this the violence in the scene out of ordinary? support your answer with a specific reference to this scene

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In my opinion, Stanley's abuse of Stella is a regular occurrence.

STELLA.: Because it is nearly two-thirty.

Banche crosses into the bedroom and partially closes the portieres:

Couldn't you call it quits after one more hand? [A chair scrapes. Stanley gives a loud whack of his hand on her thigh.]

STELLA [sharply]: That's not fun, Stanley. [The men laugh. Stella goes Into the bedroom.]

STELLA: It makes me so mad when he does that in front of people.


STELLA: You lay your hands on me and I'll [She backs out of sight. He advances and disappears. There is the sound of a blow, Stella cries out. Blanche screams and runs into the kitchen. The men rush forward and there is grappling and cursing. Something is overturned with a crash.]


A Streetcar Named Desire / Scene Three