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  • How does playwright Tennessee Williams use Blanche's actions, description, or words to make a strong statement about gender in our society?
  • Blanche is the sister of Stella, 5 years older than her sister, and acts of higher class.
  • Her appearance is incongruous to the setting. She is daintily dressed in a white suit with a fluffy bodice, necklace and earrings of pearl, white gloves and hat, looking as if she were arriving at a summer tea or cocktail party in the garden district.
  • It is gender commentary because it depicts women to be supposedly elegant and classy, with an delicate and feminine-like feel to them, which during the author's time was considered to be the sterotypical belief of women, especially wealthy ones.
  • The first key moment is depicting the entrance of Blanche as she is searching for her sister's house, as she stands out from the more rustic atmosphere with her high class appearance.
  • It directly gives an answer to the prompt with Blanche's description of the style of clothing that she wears that gives off an Victorian sense of fashion which supports the sterotype of women having to be elegant.
  • And lies and conceit and tricks!
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  • As a matter of fact, there weren't no wire at all!
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  • There isn't a goddam thing but imagination!
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  • There isn't no millionaire! And Mitch didn't come back with roses 'cause I know where he is-
  • This is the moment in which Stanley calls out Blanche on all of her lies and forces her to admit the truth.
  • This is gender commentary because Blanche is seen at this point in the book to be a character that defies the common stereotype of an submissive woman, with prior ability to support herself as well as a job as an English teacher which gave her some superiority in the art of it, however in this scene Stanley is seen tearing her down and reducing her to a childlike state and dominating her.
  • It connects to the prompt because it shows Blanche to be, in reality, a woman who's being dominated which supports the common stereotype of men being the dominant figures during the time period, which shows the issue of society imposing their standards on those who aren't accepting them, as Stanley with Blanche.
  • Both of these moments show the society's stereotypical view on how women should act, with the first moment being how society likes women to be simply act and appear like, and the second moment being how society likes the man to dominate the woman, especially those who don't conform to societies standards like Blanche who while had some feminine qualities, had a lot of characteristic's that women wouldn't usually have, like a job, an education, and sleeping around with other men.
  • This is like life due to the similarities that can be seen today, not in women's ideal position, but in how society tries to force those who don't abide by their standards to do so, or otherwise face the repercussions, which can result in unpleasant situations to say the least.
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