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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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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...

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