a streetcar named desire

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  • Blanche DuBois is introduced as a bright and fragile woman, one that tries her best to appear younger and prefer life to be more exciting than it actually is.
  • 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.
  • When first introduced to Blanche, Williams uses positively connotative diction as a metaphor to one's initial thoughts (or what they should be) of women in society, dainty and beautiful.
  • WHY IS THIS A KEY MOMENT?
  • "Whoever you are, I have always depended on kindness from strangers."
  • WHY IS THIS A KEY MOMENT?
  • This is a key moment in which WIlliams uses characterization to comment on gender and how the most vulnerable women still validate themselves and seek help. The theme that women sometimes lose themselves and need guidance, but the harsh reality of how men take control strongly tie to a theme of patriarchy in society.
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  • This is like life when back in past times when women were viewed as 'ruined' and 'no longer pure' people (more specifically, men) strongly believe they need all the help they can get. It shows that women get hurt and sometimes seek different realities to escape hard times, and many people view these women as broken because society wants to believe all women should be happy and pure at all times.
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