Blanche

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  • Blanche DuBois
  • Blanche presents herself as a woman with higher class or one that represents the utmost purity and innocence. 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.
  • "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)
  • Although Blanche may be a bit delusional, she's still able to comprehend what drives masculinity. As she confronts Stanley, she realizes his stance on the position of women, that they should be subservient and that men derive their superiority from the manhood.
  • "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)
  • Although Stanley had raped Blanche, nobody believes her as she has proven to be a pathological liar. This only further emphasizes that women played a minute role in society. At this point, it's evident that Stanley's Napoleonic code is somewhat true. Since women aren't able to voice their opinions during the 1950's, she was sent to the asylum for claiming rape.
  • 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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