Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams

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Please explain Brick's and Maggie's relationship in the play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

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Maggie and Brick have a strained relationship at best, and it’s important to understand that Maggie admits to being the “cat on a hot tin roof” from the outset. Why? She is “catty” in that she is “consumed with envy and eaten up with longing.” These ideas override their entire relationship.

One person in particular has come between Maggie and Brick: Skipper. Skipper was a football teammate of Brick’s, and the two have a questionable relationship in the form of a very intimate friendship. Maggie, being Brick’s wife, has always been threatened by Skipper. In one of her worst “catty” moves, Maggie first tries to seduce Skipper and then convinces Skipper that he is gay. Skipper then calls Brick in order to profess his love for him....

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