Prompt: How does playwright Tennessee Williams use the character's actions. description, or word to make a strong statement about gender in society. Blanche Dubois is a superficial women who seeks acceptance among her sister's peers by altering the truth about who she really is.
First key moment: Scene 6 page 86. BLANCHE: I was just obeying the law of nature. MITCH: Which law is that? BLANCHE: The one that says the lady must entertain the gentleman--or no dice! See if you can locate my door-key in this purse. When I'm so tired my fingers are all thumbs!
While Blanche is talking to Mitch, she is giving off a servile attitude to please Mitch since he is a man. Women were groomed to to make sure to fill the need for service for the men in their life, and it shows here how Blanche is just following what society has raised her to do which is serve the men in their life . She is not allowed to put her best interests first, as a women, when it should be her primary train of though
Scene 6 BLANCHE But I was unlucky. Deluded. There was something different about the boy, a nervousness, a softness and tenderness which wasn't like a man's, although he wasn't the least bit effeminate looking--still--that thing was there.... He came to me for help
Blanche talking about her first husband brought up another discussion of gender conformity. Blanche calls herself "unlucky" for having to be with a man who she loved , but wasn't feeling the same from him to her.She notes that the boy was different than most men, but at the time being different from most straight men most likely meant he was attracted to the opposite sex. Which, in this case was ,true since her husband was indeed a gay man. Blanche being fixated with the idea of being loved from a man missed all and every clue that would have revealed how he really felt, and failure to do so ultimately led to his death. via suicide. Society forced people to become trapped and conformed , and a feeling of disparity.
Both examples from the play show how far behind this time of society was back then. Both the female and male gender were both hindered by the manipulative affect society had on people who didn't know better.Blanche and her first husband were both victims of how you needed to act in order to be accepted by your peers. We've evolved from those time periods and in retrospect it is even a more rewarding feet knowing how far we have come to be members of an advanced part of society which is still evolving