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  • Introduction
  • Blanche appeals to us as a woman with higher class or one that represents the utmost purity and innocence. She sort of believes she is better than everyone. We see this through her first encounter with her sisters house, exclaiming "Is this it?". Her "feathers and furs", "solid gold dress", not only depict her outer beauty, but they mask the front she's been putting up as a distraction. She constantly requires validation of her beauty, but this eventually leads to her downfall.
  • First Key Moment
  • "Well, I never cared for wishy-washy people. That was why, when you walked in here last night, I said to myself — "My sister has a married man!"— Of course that was all that I could tell about you." (Williams,35)
  • Explanation
  • While Blanche is somewhat uneducated on the gender roles at hand, she's still able to comprehend what drives masculinity. As the novel continues, especially after the night "They dissapear and a slap is heard. Stella cries out". She begins to comprehend how lesser she is in comparison to man, how a slight inconvenience to one could cause dire consequences.
  • Second key moment
  • "Come to think of it -- maybe you wouldn't be bad to -- interfere with...She moans. The bottle top falls. She sinks to her knees. He picks up her inert figure and carries her to the bed..." (Williams, 140-141)
  • Explanation
  • Although Stanley had raped Blanche, nobody believes her seeing as how her entire livelihood at this point in time was based on lie after lie. This only further emphasizes that women played a minute role in society. Furthermore, Blanche was sent to a sort of Insane Asylum b/c even her own sister didn't believe her tales, further claiming that women were vastly inferior to men on a monumentous scale.
  • Synthesis
  • Stanley proves his dominance in his Kingdom through both examples. He seems to manipulate and control both Stella and Blanche into adopting his way of thinking. Masculinity serves as a prevalent role in this society as men are held up to a higher standard than women are. Blanche symbolizes the many distractions us as humans try to create to draw us away from reality -- that everyone needs an escape. This is like life as we try as hard as we can to isolate ourselves from our problems.
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