Scene 6: Why is Mitch so concerned about being settled?

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Mitch is a "mama's boy," dependent upon his mother as she is dependent upon him. She has only a few months to live. Judging from Mitch's dialogue, his mother would like him to get married so that he would have another woman to look after him when she is gone. Mitch feels the same way. He would like to have a wife who would serve as a surrogate mother. He is the antithesis of Stanley Kowalski, who is a powereful male and doesn't like women fussing over him. Mitch shows his dependence on his mother in Scene Three, "The Poker Night," when he wants to quit early because he has to get home to his mother. When he meets Blanche at Stanley's home he evidently hopes she might turn out to be the wife and surrogate mother he is looking for. Mitch is not exactly the man of Blanche's dreams because he is so shy and inhibited and naive, but she is desperate for a home and financial security and sees Mitch as almost her last hope.

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A Streetcar Named Desire

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