instability when Stanley is travelling: “I can hardly stand it when he is away for anight… When he’s away for a week I nearly go wild! […] And when he comesback I cry on his lap like a baby…” (19). The feebleness that Stella exhibitscompliments Stanley’s personality and always results in their coming to oneanother. c.Mitch, unlike Stanley, doesn’t conform to any of the stereotypes of masculinity;instead, he is portrayed to be shy and sensitive. The movements that Mitch makesand his demeanor are not strong and confident; As Mitch is speaking about hismother, “his voice is hoarse and he clears his throat twice, shuffling nervouslyaround with his hands in and out of his pockets” (113). When Mitch talks abouthis mother to Blanche and gets choked up at the thought of her death, it hints atthe femininity in him.
Cristea 4d.Blanche’s character emphasizes the stereotype of women as being charmers andseducers. In order to ensure a good disposition, Blanche thrives on compliments;it’s “her little weakness!” (31). By asking for compliments and spending so muchtime on her appearance, Blanche supports the superficial critique of femininity.Blanche admits to her personality in a conversation with Stanley, “I know I fib agood deal. After all, a woman’s charm is fifty per cent illusion…” (41). Blancheand Stella each encompass a negative stereotype that is attributed to women. 4.Each of the primary characters have something that they desire. After experiencing theloss of her first husband at such a young age, Blanche desires to fulfill that loss, bothemotionally and physically. Her promiscuity with men comes from an attempt to fill thatvoid, but has yes proven to be successful. However, when Blanche meets Mitch, she ishopeful that he can be the one to satisfy her; she tells Stella, “I want to rest! I want tobreathe quietly again! Yes- I wantMitch… verybadly!” (95). After being heartbroken forso long, all Blanche wants is someone she can share the illusions with life with. Mitchalso desires to find someone; however, he is crunched for time because his mother wishesto see him settled down before she passes. He suggests to Blanche, “You need somebody.