Why does Stella stay in the abusive marriage with Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire?

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In A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams portrays Stella as a woman who loves her husband despite his abusive nature. There are times that the audience hopes that Stella is ready to leave Stanley, but she never goes through with it. For instance, when he hits her and she seeks refuge with the neighbors, she returns to Stanley when he calls to her. “Her eyes go blind with tenderness.” Stella can endure being a victim because she is blinded by her love for her husband. She will always forgive him and make excuses for him, no matter what he does. She tells her sister that “there are things that happen between a man and a woman in the dark—that sort of make everything else seem—unimportant.” She places passion above all.

Stella is not emotionally strong enough to leave Stanley. She seems to be very dependent on him and cannot entertain the thought of being without him. In the end, she must make a choice between Stanley and Blanche—and she chooses her husband. Although she...

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