Stella Kowalski ,Blanche’s younger sister, about twenty-five years old and
of a mild disposition that visibly sets her apart from her more vulgar
neighbors. Stella possesses the same timeworn aristocratic heritage as
Blanche, but she jumped the sinking ship in her late teens and left Laurel
for New Orleansthis will become apparent There, Stella married the lower-
class Stanley, with whom she shares a robust sexual relationship. Stella’s
union with Stanley is both animal and spiritual, violent but renewing.
After Blanche’s arrival, Stella is torn between her sister and her husband.
Eventually, she stands by Stanley, perhaps in part because she gives birth
to his child near the play’s end. While she loves and pities Blanche, she
cannot bring herself to believe Blanche’s accusations that Stanley dislikes
her; she eventually dismisses Blanche’s claim that Stanley raped her.
Stella’s denial of reality at the play’s end shows that she has more in
common with her sister than she thinks