How is Blanche represented in Scene 4 of A Streetcar Named Desire?

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Blanche's representation in this scene is one of the first times that she actively begins to campaign for Stella to leave Stanley.  She is seen as an opposing force, pulling on Stella.  In this light, Stella is poised between equally desirable, but ultimately incompatible courses of action.  At the same time, Blanche is shown as an individual who is placing all of her faith in Stella, and the validation that Stella could give to Blanche.  It becomes evident that Blanche needs Stella to leave more than anything else, as it would be more support for Blanche than anything else.  Blanche's depiction as an opposing force in the scene is critically important in that it starts to establish Stanley as the antagonist to Blanche.  Through Blanche's representation in this scene, it becomes apparent that she is placing her faith in Stella, and whether she knows it or not, is moving into an untenable position.

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