Many Traits Of Blanch. Speaks Of Tennessee Williams' "A Street Car Named Desire"

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Everyone has relatives that come and visit. Some people don't like their relatives and they hate when relatives visit. Tennessee Williams shows this feeling between Stanley and Blanch in the book A Street Car Named Desire. It is the things that Blanch says and does that makes Stanley dislike her. Blanch is vein, untruthful, and is seductive.Blanch is a very vein person. A lot of the things she does is so she looks good. Stanley first discovers this in "Scene Two":Stanley: Look at these feathers and furs that she come here to preen herself in!He believes that she was swindling them, so he looks through her trunk and discovers a lot of fancy looking clothing and jewelry.Blanch has also been noted in "Scene Two" saying that she was vein When she was talking to Stanley:Stanley: It looks like you raided some stylish shops in ParisBlanch: Ha-ha! Yes-clothes are my passion!She does not directly say she is vein but it is implied.Another time that she is noted for being vein is in "Scene Ten",this is when Stanley and Blanch are yelling at each other:Stanley: And look at yourself! Take a look at yourself in that worn out Mardi Gras outfit, rented for fifty cents from some rag- picker! And with the crazy crown on! What queen do you think you are?Blanch: Oh-God...Stanley: I've been on to you from the start! Not once did you pull any wool over this boy's eyes! You come in here and sprinkle the place with power and spray perfume and cover the light bulb with a paper lantern, and lo and behold the place has turned into Egypt and you are the Queen of the Nile! Sitting on your throne swilling down my liquor! I say-Ha!-Ha! Do you hear me? Ha-ha-ha!He is saying that she tries to look glamorous with her clothes and her jewelry, but he can see through that and she does not look glamorous atall.One of Blanch's strong traits is that is a compulsive liar. In "Scene Three" she admits to Stanley that she lies a lot.Blanch: All right. Cards on the table. That suits me. [She turns to Stanley.] I know I fib a good deal. After all a woman's charm is fifty present illusion, but when a thing is important I tellthe truth and this is the truth: I haven't cheated my sister or you or anyone else as long as I have lived.Although Blanch lies a lot, and she even admits to it. In that paragraph she is not lying, as far as anyone can tell about what she is telling Stanley.In "Scene Ten" Stanley and Blanch have been talking and Stanley has been listen to Blanch lie to him.Blanch: But then he came back. He returned with a box of roses to beg for my forgiveness! He implored my forgiveness. But some things are not forgivable. Deliberate cruelty is not forgivable. It is the one unforgivable thing in my opinion and it is the one thing of which I have never, never have been guilty. And so I told him, I said to him, "Thank you," but it was foolish of me to think that we could ever adapt ourselves to each other. Our ways of life are too different. Our attitudes and our backgrounds are...

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