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Is "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" by Tennessee Williams a feminist tragedy?

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heathe77 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted March 24, 2012 at 2:22 AM via web

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Is "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" by Tennessee Williams a feminist tragedy?

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 24, 2012 at 4:56 AM (Answer #1)

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"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" by Tennessee Williams is not really a feminist drama. Although any play can be read from a feminist perspective, to call it a feminist drama presumes some intention on the part of the playwright to focus explicitly and sympathetically on the plight of women oppressed by a patriarchal society.

This play could more accurately be termed, as is usually read as, part of gay literature, as the central tragedy is that of two young gay men driven into alcoholism (Brick) and suicide (Skipper). Although this does place Maggie in a difficult situation, and she is a very interesting character, she seems subordinated to the gay themes of the play.

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