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"..looking as though she is arriving at a summer tea or cocktail party... there is something about her uncertain manner, and her white clothes that suggests a moth." Blanche DuBois is a very dramatic woman who cares about how she is portrayed to the outside world. She is dependent on others to make herself feel better because although she is dramatic, she is very fragile.
I never was hard or self-sufficient enough. When people are soft–soft people have got to shimmer and glow–they’ve got to put on soft colors, the colors of butterfly wings, and put a–paper lantern over the light...It isn’t enough to be soft. You’ve got to be soft and attractive. And I–I’m fading now!
Blanche is stating that in order for men to like a woman, one must make herself fragile and pretty. A woman cannot be outspoken or below society's standards of beautiful. A woman must be elegant and submissive so they can attract a male.
"After all, a woman’s charm is fifty percent illusion."
A woman has to put up an act when she is trying to attract attention and be liked. They can never be themselves because it will not be liked because society doesn't seem it fit. They have to act it out so that they can be accepted.
These Gender Commentaries are like real life because it shows how society has a certain standard of women and if someone over steps those standards they will not be accepted. this causes women to become people they are not and they lose themselves trying to make others happy and not themselves. In the end they really do put up an illusion to make others accept them.
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