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  • Tennessee Williams uses the character Blanche to make a strong statement about gender in our society to show how most women feel about themselves, and try to portray themselves in order to bring attention to their appearance. A lot of women like Blanche want to be more than what they actually are and they really believe it.
  • "Her appearance is incongruous to the setting. 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." (1.14)
  • Blanche is one of the flashy type, and she made sure of it. Just like any ordinary women she always wanted to look appealing whether it was for herself or someone else. Even though she spent her whole time feeling out of place she refuse to change her appearance just to fit in, because she wanted to be the center of everyone's attention. Most women love to have all eyes on them.
  • "Compliments to women about their looks. I never met a dame yet that didn't know if she was good-looking or not without being told, and some of them give themselves credit for more than they've got."
  • As a women we always fish for what we look like just to make us feel like we are withholding the appearance that we see ourselves in. Sometimes our insecurities take control on our self confidence, and we have to receive those compliments to reassure ourselves. Then there are those women that seem to feel like they are more superior than what they actually are.
  • This is like life because as women we perceive ourselves to always strive to look appealing to everyone around us. We always want to hear compliments just to make sure that we are actually beautiful. There is nothing better than being told you're beautiful and actually feeling like we are.
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