One way women are presented by Keats and Williams is as pure and innocent. Williams’ stage directions in the first scene of A Streetcar Named Desire describe Blanche as wearing a ‘white shirt’ and ‘white gloves’; furthermore, she is described as a ‘delicate beauty’ which ‘must avoid a strong light’ and in stage directions typically expressionistic of Williams, he writes ‘There is something about her uncertain manner, as well as her white clothes, that suggests a moth’ (p. 117). Similarly, in The Eve of St Agnes, the ‘young virgins’ (47) who are waiting for their lover to appear to them on St Agnes’ Eve are described by Keats as ‘lily white’ (52). The use of imagery of the colour white suggests both Blanche and the girls are pure – this is especially true for the girls in the poem because they are virginal. However, in both texts this suggestion of purity is undermined by the authors. In A Streetcar Named Desire, the comparison of Blanche to a ‘moth’ implies she is fragile, as if she is incapable of caring for herself; it also suggests she is to an extent self-destructive because she is in the light, when moths should be out of it – she is attracted to something which harms her. This description of Blanche portrays her as a weak character, which is linked to her supposedly pure image. Williams’ presentation of the main female character in the play in such terms shows that the stereotype of women as the weaker sex is very much present in literature; Cixous comments, ‘the question of sexual difference is coupled with the same opposition: activity/passivity’ and ‘woman is always on the side of passivity.’ This description of Blanche, when framed with a feminist reading of literature, clearly comes across as having negative connotations of her capacity. Moreover, Keats’ use of the ‘lily’ to describe the girls does emphasise their purity; however, lilies are also associated with death. This suggests that although pure, the girls will never escape death, or that their purity will be tainted, even potentially fatally.