How Does WilliamS Present Blanche In Scene 1 Of 'A Streetcar Named Desire'?

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The character of Blanche in William’s ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ is a complex one. She has countless unusual and intriguing traits which not only interest an readers but also influence a lot of the action of the plot, causing numerous tensions and moments of drama throughout the story. It is undeniable that Williams presents the character of Blanche in a fascinating way, especially when the reader makes their first impression of her in Scene One. Upon her entrance, Williams describes the character of Blanche as having a “delicate beauty” which “must avoid a strong light.” He also makes a very thought-provoking comparison, where “her uncertain manner, as well as her white clothes… suggests a moth.” Williams is depicting her as a fragile creature, accustomed to darkness but attracted to light which may be seem as her downfall, as she may be seen to be seeking out a better life in New Orleans with Stella, but is in fact walking right into an even worse situation, of tension and heart-ache. She later backs this portrayal up by hysterically saying, “And turn that over-light off! Turn that off! I won’t be looked at in that merciless glare!” The character of Blanche is being represented as something so delicate she cannot be seen in a bright light, lest she fall apart. In this way Williams is very cleverly and very effectively outlining Blanche’s fragile character and insecurities, she is being shown as unstable and very prone to falling apart completely, and indeed potentially being easily damaged, just as a moth can be injured beyond recovery if their frail wings are touched. On top of this, the fact the character is named Blanche has relevance too. It is the French word for ‘white’, and not only does this tie in with her moth-like appearance, but also hold various other connotations. One being that white is not even considered a colour, but is in fact, a lack of
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