BLANCHE

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  • Blanche is a simple and innocent woman who, at first, represents purity.
  • "Since earliest manhood the center of his life has been pleasure with women, the giving and taking of it, not with weak indulgence, dependently, but with the power and pride of a richly feathered male bird among hens...He sizes women up with a glance, with sexual clarifications, crude images flashing into his mind and determining the way he smiles at them." (205)
  • this explanation of Stanley shows his sexual appetite for women. after this explanation, we can expect him to start targeting Blanche for his sexual desires. this shows the inevitability of the attraction that women have on men because blanche has no control over Stanley's feelings for her.
  • STANLEY: "My clothes are stickin’ to me. Do you mind if I make myself comfortable? [He starts to remove his shirt.]"(219)
  • Stanley is very comfortable stripping in front of females because he is a horny man who has no real filter when it comes his sexual desire. Blanche balances this out because she has very minimal sexual desire and is, in a way, innocent when it comes to sex. on the other hand, Blanche hides a lot of shame because of her past of being vulnerable.
  • women posses the role of the weaker gender throughout "streetcar named desire". men like Stanley put a burden on women like blanche because they are unable to control themselves around attractive women. in certain situations, women are physically unable to protect themselves from the sexual urges possessed by men and are taken advantage of and raped. this in an ongoing theme throughout the text and in real life. awareness needs to increase and women are in need of protection.
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