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Blanche is a main character in the play A Street Car Named Desire. The author uses her to express his feelings on gender roles during the time period of the play, and how they impacted society.
All right. Cards on the table. That suits me. I know I fib a good deal. After all, a woman's charm is fifty percent illusion.
Blanche feels that the only way women can be beautiful is by lying or shrouding themselves in mystery to make themselves seem desirable to men,
I've been on to you from the start! Not once did you pull any wool over this boy's eyes! You come in here and sprinkle the place with powder and spray perfume and cover the light bulb with a paper lantern, and lo and behold the place has turned into Egypt and you are the Queen of the Nile
She's been found out, and now Stanley has leverage over her and she has lost all her control as a woman. She is spiraling in a pit of despair as her last ounce of power fades, and she is forced to see she is weak.
Blanche shows that as a woman during that time period, her primary strength was that of the mind and being able to keep secrets and maintain mystery. When she goes overboard with her lies and deceptions she is finally caught out and is now more powerless than otherwise, completely at the mercy of Stanley and men in general, no longer seen as an independent woman, but as someone who can't keep track of reality
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