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 Paris

Blanch: 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...