| Quote #4
Blanche moves back into the streak of light. She raises her arms and stretches, as she moves indolently back to the chair. (3.88)
Blanche tries to use her sex appeal to gain influence over men. It’s essentially the only tool she has at her disposal. This is interesting, since Stanley’s overt masculinity is his only tool.
| Quote #5
Blanche waltzes to the music with romantic gestures. Mitch is delighted and moves in awkward imitation like a dancing bear. (3.164)
Blanche’s subtle charms and sophistication are clearly lost on Mitch. It’s interesting that, because of the almost caricature-like nature of the awkward Mitch, the audience is inclined to side with Stella’s choice of a partner, rather than Blanche’s. This certainly complicates our reading of the play.
| Quote #6
Sex seems to be the strongest bond between Stella and her husband.