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Harold Mitch Mitchell Perhaps because he lives with his dying mother Mitch is noticeably more sensitive than Stanleys other poker friends The other men pick on him for being a mamas boy Even in his first brief line in Scene One Mitchs gentlemanly behavior stands out Mitch appears to be a kind decent human being who we learn in Scene Six hopes to marry so that he will have a woman to bring home to his dying mother Mitch doesnt fit the bill of the chivalric hero of whom Blanche dreams He is clumsy sweaty and has unrefined interests like muscle building Though sensitive he lacks Blanches romantic perspective and spirituality as well as her understanding of poetry and literature She toys with his lack of intelligence--for example when she teases him in French because she knows he wont understand--duping him into playing along with her self-flattering charades Though they come from completely different worlds Mitch and Blanche are drawn together by their mutual need of companionship and support and they therefore believe themselves right for one another They also discover that they have both experienced the death of a loved one The snare in their relationship is sexual As part of her prim-and-proper act Blanche repeatedly rejects Mitchs physical affections refusing to sleep with him Once he discovers the truth about Blanches sordid sexual past Mitch is both angry and embarrassed about the way Blanche has treated him When he arrives to chastise her he states that he feels he deserves to have sex with her even though he no longer respects her enough to think her fit to be his wife The difference in Stanleys and Mitchs treatment of Blanche at the plays end underscores Mitchs fundamental gentlemanliness Though he desires and makes clear that he wants to sleep with Blanche Mitch does not rape her and leaves when she cries out Also the tears Mitch sheds after Blanche struggles
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