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"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."
I love, and I mean LOVE bathing for long periods of time. I love looking lavish.
Tell me I am beautiful because that's what, us, women want all the time. Validation from a man.
"Compliments to women about their looks... some of them give themselves credit for more than they've got."
Nah. Not worth my time.
This is gender commentary as it first starts with the female character automatically trying to fish for compliments from a man as a woman somehow needs validation from a man in this society. Stanley then proceeds to say that he doesn't compliment women because they begin to think to highly of themselves. Women shouldn't be confident in themselves because what a crime that would be. This clearly depicts how gender played a huge role in the society and where everyone should be.
"I couldn't believe her story and go on living with Stanley." How could I ever believe my own sister? She's a woman!
"Don't ever believe it. Life has got to go on." Forget about her! Believe your wicked man!
This second moment lacks any trust in Blanche, especially from her own sister, Stella. No one believes that Stanley would ever rape such a delusional woman like Blanche when he's got his own family. This ties in with the prompt on how women were not to be trusted during these times because women aren't worthy enough to be trusted, they have no power to do anything at all. Society itself lacks any motivation to even try and believe that this woman was raped just because she's a female.
The first moment creates almost a subtler gender commentary compared to the second moment as it's more direct but does not make as large of an impact. Both are gender commentary in this story, however, the second moment clearly portrays how women lack any acknowledgement from anyone just because of their gender. These characters' actions make a strong statement about how women will not have the power to do anything for themselves as long as men keep viewing themselves as superior and women go along with it.
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