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  • Blanche Dubois is a character of self doubt ; to be a person who hides her own character as she is given the thought of not appeasing to others. Her thoughts are aligned with her version of what reality should be like to her. Unfortunately, this reality of concealing goes onto bring her confidence to a downfall, and she later on faces the truth of how the real world perceives her ; that she is no longer the same woman as the past and must sooner come to that realization. By clinging on to such moments in the past, her own state becomes a fragile piece ready to shatter. In much broader terms of gender , what author Tennessee Williams wishes to gain from the readers is their acknowledgement of how gender can be used to conceal one's true form of who they really are, and specifically how women wished to become in this time stamp in the novel. In addition, the core message Williams displays in the character Blanche is the conceptual idea of the past and reality as is, and how the connection between these thoughts may change one's lifestyle.
  • Introduction :
  • Mitch:I bet you teach art or music? [Blanche laughs delicately] Of course I couId be wrong. You might teach arithmetic. Blanche : Never arithmetic, sir. never arithmetic [with a laugh] I don't even know my multiplication tablesl No, I have the misfortune of being an English instructor. I attempt to instill a bunch of bobby-soxers and drug-store Romeos with reverence for Hawthorne and Whitman and Poel (Pg 56)
  • Key moment 1 (Scene 3):
  • Blanche here first brought up her profession being a teacher to Mitch when Mitch asks about her life which she indicates she still follows the profession. In reality , Blanche was a teacher before she got fired from inappropriate behavior with a student. Twisting up her words like this goes on to the impression that Blanche is using her past to radiate a better impression for Mitch ; that he might see her as a professional in a respected work field. The truth was though, she was lying through her teeth to womanize Mitch and be represented as the perfect female ideal in this time period, as a woman who can manage herself. In other words, she wanted to remain in her bubble of what she perceives as her reality which is a reality that impresses herself.
  • Explanation
  • Second key moment: (Scene 8)
  • [The Varsouviana music steals in softly and continues playing.Stella rises abruptly and turns. her back. Blanche tries to smile. Then she tries to laugh. Then she gives both up and springs from the table and runs into the next room. She clutches her throat and then runs into the bathroom. Coughing, gagging sounds are heard.] (Pg 59)
  • In this scene, Blanche could not handle the pressure she had been given when Stanley informs her to leave. It is shown here that she tries to resist her feelings , having to make "gagging" sounds to try and conceal herself or not make a sound. But it fails to execute for Blanche, and she is left running from her past. The polka music playing in the background is evident that Blanche has not let go of her past thus far, and remains as to sever Blanche's reality ; that she cannot live normal again due to those traumatizing moments of being responsible for an indirect death. Blanche tries to leave it all by adopting a new persona, but Stanley's conformation goes on to be a realization for Blanche; that she can't live in an alternate version of her reality forver.
  • Explanation:
  • In general terms, these moments in the play establish the character of Blanche as a coward of her past. She fabricates a new persona of herself in the attempts to try and make herself a woman in which she finds fitting. most importantly, forget the past. But in the end, Blanche is left having to confront her feelings either way , a deed in which turns her from a confident young woman to a weak minded individual just from the shear thought of her past. She is left with a remembrance of the tragedy she has done, and thus must bear the consequences of never to assimilate into a healthy lifestyle whether it be friends, family, or love. When looking at what Tennessee Williams wishes to gain from the character Blanche, it appears to be the link between the mind and reality of an individual ; That only one reality is the true existence and no other replica can serve to take its place, especially if it originates from human thought.
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