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Blanche is quite the delusional cougar. RAWR XD
Blanche comes from a grim, shameful past; thus, she lives through "magic(al)" ignorance in the midst of shame of her past as well as continued cruelty she faces from society.
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"There's so much--so much confusion in the world... [He coughs diffidently] "Thank you for being so kind! I need kindness now."
At the first sight of Stanley's violence, Blanche retreats into her own fantasy and views the world from the outside in, deeming it "full of confusion", as if the stir last night was not personally unsettling. She later thanks Mitch for his "kindness", when just hours ago he had dismissed the domestic violence he witnessed with a masculine remark. The trauma Blanche witnesses that night immediately draws her into her whimsical utopia of detachment from the world's cruelty and attachment to men. The ignorance of Blanche painted by Williams alludes to the tendency of women to find strength in anyone but themselves.
"Never inside, I didn't lie in my heart..."
"You lied to me, Blanche."
Mitch finally sees Blanche in the clear light of her age as well as her scandalous reputation. The cards are laid on the table, Blanche is caught red-handed, but nonetheless enamoured. She came the nearest to sincere, mutual love as she ever has before. But Mitch is aware of her covered truths, not the true love which lies deepest in Blanche's heart. This man cannot recover her from the embers of fiery fibs, she is burning with passion, but the rogue ripeness of her cons repel a possible suitor. This ageing belle has gotten to a point beyond male salvation.
Blanche is unsure of herself just as much as other people are. She has spent so much effort concealing who she is, that she even believes she lives in pure propriety. Men and women alike can see through her phoney act, and Tennessee Williams portrays this woman in active pursuit of marriage and feminine redemption; both strictly real situations sought falsely by a prostitute. While Blanche is no longer selling her body for money in the Kowalski home, she continues to bargain her worth for a cheap compliment, a dark date-something to get her by. By making Blanche the most promiscuous, naive woman in the play, he establishes the hope women place in men to cradle their heart while neglecting their naturally tender, willful mind. Charm can only last so long, and men are only so worthy of our best tricks. Save the energy and disappointment, and be your own hero.
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