"From time to time, it is easier to acknowledge the misconceptions of others." Discuss a character that presents this.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that Blanche would be one of the strongest characters to represent the statement.  It becomes evident early on that Blanche's misconceptions about the past and present are easy to acknowledge.  Blanche is presented in a manner where her nostalgia and her general mood are ones in which the reader/ audience understands that these misconceptions can be both damaging and fatal.  Blanche's characterization is one fraught with misconceptions about the world and her place in it.  These are relatively easy to acknowledge and identify.  Blanche's characterization reflects this to the extent that it defines how she is not "of this particular world," and how this world is so prone to take advantage of her.  Her misconceptions becomes easy to acknowledge because they represent some of the worst that are within all people.  Blanche's love of the past and belief in a notion of self that is vastly different from what is and from what people believe are elements of her character that are within all human beings, individuals who possess the propensity to bear similarity to Blanche.  It is here where I think that her misconceptions are even easier to identify for they are elements in us, as well. 

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