Blanche DuBois, the centralized character in the play is a woman in her early thirties, although she would have you believe otherwise. William’s from the very start creates a veneer of Blanch and slowly throughout the story lets us know what is behind this attractive pretence. Blanch is first presented to the audience as a woman belonging to another class, superior to all her surroundings even such of her sister, Stella. “Explain to me this place. What are you doing in a place like this?”
When Blanche is first introduced to Stella’s husband, Stanley Kowalski, she is quite attracted to him, she even flirts with this “common” man. Animalistic and exhibitionistic, Stanley removes his hot, sweat-soaked, smelly and sticky T-shirt in front of her, and changes into a clean one to "make myself comfortable." He offers Blanche a drink but she declines stating that “ones my limit” and that she rarely touches it. This being blatant lies, Stanley quite rightly remarks “Well, there are some people that rarely touch it, but it touches them often.” Laying her cards on the table, Blanche later admits to Stanley that she only tells the truth when necessary, after all she wouldn’t want it affecting her playing her role. “I know I fib a good deal. After all, a woman's charm is fifty percent illusion, but when a thing is important I tell the truth...”
As the play progresses we find Blanch desperately trying to cling to everyone whilst maintaining her old ‘southern belle’, aristocratic, gracious and desirable frontier, not letting on that she is in fact penniless. “I'm not going to put up in a hotel. I've got to be near you Stella. I've got to be with people. I can't be alone..." She plays... [continues]
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