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Blanche Dubois, Stella's older sister from Belle Reve. First introduced as a "delicate beauty" when she arrives in a white suit and pearls. Throughout the play, Blanche deals with internal conflicts from her past and self deception. We are left to feel pitiful towards Blanche considering she has lost everything the family estate and her husband.
Key Moment 1: The Poker Night "Blanche moves back into the streak of light. She raises her arms and stretches, as she moves indolently back to the chair. Rhumba music comes over the radio. Mitch rises at the table."
Blanche is a very sexual and flirtatious women. Especially seeing that she flirted with Stella's husband. In this scene she is positioning herself in the light and appealing to Mitch. In this era women are supposed to be sexualized figures and filled with sexual desires. Blanche uses her sex appeal to pull in men and that's probably why Mitch becomes interest in her.
Key Moment 2: "He springs toward her, overturning the table. She cries out and strikes at him with the bottle top but he catches her wrist. She moans. The bottle top falls. She sinks to her knees. He picks up her inert figure and carries her to the bed. The hot trumpet and drums from the Four Deuces sound loudly."
Men being the superior and dominant gender, I feel like Stanley wasn't thinking about how this would affect Blanche or Stella & he knew that it would be easy to just take it from her. At this point, I think it's when Blanche completely loses herself. Nobody will believe her. Especially Stella because she is blocks out Stanley's temper and inimical behavior and only focuses on his "passionate" moments.
Both of these moments for Blanche show how woman are "expected" to act and how they are also degraded in society. It's odd because, Blanche tries to make it seem as if she's more on the innocent side when it comes to sex but, she used to sell her body and on top of that she uses her body to appeal to men. Men are superior to women and women are supposed to fall under the actions of men.
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