Brick and Maggie's marriage is, to put it bluntly, unhappy and strained. Brick is contemptuous of Maggie, trying his best to ignore her whenever they are alone. He declines any sexual interactions with her as well, which is a great source of humiliation and pain for Maggie since she wants...
Brick and Maggie's marriage is, to put it bluntly, unhappy and strained. Brick is contemptuous of Maggie, trying his best to ignore her whenever they are alone. He declines any sexual interactions with her as well, which is a great source of humiliation and pain for Maggie since she wants to have a child. Maggie wants the relationship to work: she is stubborn, a trait that comes from a hard upbringing (one she is terrified of returning to), and of an optimistic nature, and she believes she can eventually make Brick love her back in spite of their troubled past with Brick's best friend Skipper.
Brick's hatred of Maggie stems from her part in Skipper's death. He and Skipper were so close that Maggie believed there was something more between them, an allegation that was true on Skipper's part and might be true on Brick's. Skipper wanted to prove his manhood by bedding Maggie, but he was unable to complete the act with her, making him realize how he truly felt about Brick. After a confession to Brick, he was rejected and then killed himself. Brick has become resentful and dependent on alcohol ever since.
While the play never spells out whether Brick is gay, bisexual, or otherwise, it is clear he is not in love with Maggie and placed more importance on his relationship with Skipper. Skipper remains between the two of them, haunting their marriage bed and making the union fruitless until the two finally face the problem head-on.
By the end of the play, the marriage is not repaired, but there is some hope for a better future for Maggie, at least. Maggie's best bet for securing a place in the Pollitt family is to have a child. She plans on having Brick make love to her by withholding alcohol from him until he obeys her wishes. The ending does not promise much in the way of marital happiness for either of them, though at the very least, Maggie will not have to slide back into poverty, and her child might represent a better future for the miserable Pollitt family.