Thursday, July 3, 2008

Doesn't want to face the reality of her problems....

An email from a friend:

Blanche doesn’t want to face the reality of her problems.

She wants everything to be softened and dimmed for her, just as the light is softened and dimmed by the shade. “Light” often symbolizes truth, which is why she doesn’t like to stand in an illuminated room.

She hides from reality and lives in a world of her own creation. “I can’t stand a naked bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action…” (Blanche p.55 scene 3).

She had bought a little colored paper lantern to put it over the light bulb, so the room could get that mysterious touch that she wanted.

“…Soft people have got to shimmer and glow- they’ve got to put on soft colors, the colors of butterfly wings, and put a paper lantern over the light… It isn’t enough to be soft. You’ve got to be soft and attractive. And I-I’m fading now! I don’t know how much longer I can turn the trick…” (Blanche p. 79 scene 5).

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