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In Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams, how does the social context of the time period affect the story?

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I think that one distinct way in which the social context impacts the narrative is through its characterizations.  The culture of the 1950s holds a significant impact on the way characters act and how they are developed. This affects the development of the story. One example of this would be with Brick and the issue of homosexuality. The relationship that Brick shared with Skipper along with the duplicity and lies that had to accompany it represents how the social context of the 1950s impacts this aspect of the story. Brick and Skipper cannot be...

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