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How is Stella Kowalski motivated by desire?

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Stella is motivated by the powerful sexual desire that she has for the hulking great brute that is her husband. But her desires run deeper than that. Though Stanley might be a vulgar, wife-beating Neanderthal, he does at least offer Stella some semblance of stability in her home life, something she was never able to experience growing up on the DuBois family plantation, Belle Reve.

Despite being brought up in an atmosphere of charm, Southern grace, and sophistication, there was little in the way of love or stability for Stella. Both of those qualities are available in abundance in her marriage, which, despite its numerous imperfections, is a strong one. It's certainly strong enough to withstand the unwelcome presence of Blanche, who tries unsuccessfully to pry her sister away from a man she considers beneath her in every respect.

They say that blood is thicker than water. But not in this case. Stella is so overwhelmed with desire for Stanley and everything that he gives her that there's no...

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