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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

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...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2020 9:06 pm UTC

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While some elements of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof could be considered feminist in interest, the play itself isn't very interested in feminist concerns, which deal with the problems of women in a...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2019 5:16 pm UTC

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Williams uses detailed stage instructions in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof to illuminate characters' emotional dynamics. Williams's play is a study in the way human beings interact with one another. He...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2016 1:23 pm UTC

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In Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Big Daddy's use of the word "mendacity" includes deceit through omission of the truth and partial truths, deception, and even subterfuge, all of which are present to some...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2014 10:13 pm UTC

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Loneliness is a theme in Williams' work because it is something that the main characters endure in their interactions with others and their own sense of self. Brick is an example of the theme of...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2012 5:18 am UTC

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As in many of Tennessee Williams's plays, there is a homoerotic/homosexual subtext. We are led to believe, though it is never directly stated, that Skipper—Brick's best friend and former high...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2016 2:09 pm UTC

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Tennessee Williams employed lengthy stage directions in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof because of the complexity of the relationships involved and because of the subtext of potentially repressed...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2018 9:21 pm UTC

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The stork is a traditional symbol of birth. (Before they are old enough to hear about actual reproduction and sex, children are usually told the stork brings babies to their parents.) The reaper...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2019 1:37 pm UTC

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We see many clues that the concept of biological destiny is central to a reading of this play by Tennessee Williams. The playwright was very interested in gender roles and the social expectations...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2016 11:48 am UTC

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The presence of disease and death can be seen throughout Act I. The most demonstrative way that this is evident would be with Big Daddy, himself. There is sickness evident, even though he is...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2013 12:14 am UTC

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Tennessee Williams once said "I have found it easier to identify with the characters who verge upon hysteria, who were frightened of life, who were desperate to reach out to another person. But...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2014 5:56 pm UTC

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I think that this becomes one of the most significant elements in the drama. To a great extent, the problem of appearances and reality hits everyone in the drama. On one hand, Maggie finds...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2012 1:17 pm UTC

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In his essay, "Brick Politt as Homo Ludens: 'Three Players of a Summer Game' and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," Charles E. May likens the characterization of Brick in Williams's play to that of the same...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2012 4:43 pm UTC

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In relation to the plays of Tennessee Williams, "plastic theatre" refers to the use of props, staging, and lighting to highlight certain events or characters as well as convey abstract ideas. We...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2021 6:57 am UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2015 12:36 am UTC

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In Tennessee Williams’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, the women are a reflection of the playwright’s Southern heritage and of his story’s repressed emotionalism. While the character of Mae represents the...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2014 5:39 pm UTC

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There are a number of important themes in the play that are particularly relevant given the time setting of the play, the early 1950's. One of the central themes of the play is homosexuality and...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2010 9:08 pm UTC

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In a 1975 interview with a reporter for The New York Times, playwright Tennessee Williams addressed, as he was want to do, his sexual orientation: "Sexuality is a basic part of my nature," he...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2016 3:40 am UTC

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You can read discussions about all of these aspects of the play right here at eNotes. I've provided links in for you in the Sources section below. That section, however, is limited to three...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2008 5:39 am UTC

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The play 'Cat On A Hot Tin Roof' by Tennessee Williams's is aclassic drama set in the 1950s plantations of America's Deep South.Suppression, hypocrisy, mendacity or greed and secret passions...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2013 10:48 am UTC

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I think that a distinguishing trait of Williams' work is its emotional complexity. Williams weaves dramas where a subjective tapestry is woven with affect with threads that bisect and intersect...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2010 8:50 am UTC

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Wealth is the major cause of conflict in Tennessee Williams's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Certainly, the strife between Maggie and Gooper and his family has as its foundation the issue of inheritance....

Latest answer posted September 29, 2014 7:13 pm UTC

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Part of the way in which Williams is able to construct a relationship where there is so much in way of challenge and difficulty between the two men is to layer so much in their characterization...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2013 12:23 am UTC

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Big Mama's character evolves in Act III as she embodies the Christian charity and selflessness that she has sought to impart to her children throughout the drama. When she realizes that her...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2013 11:39 am UTC

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Like so much in a Williams work, there are layers of complexity to the role and significance of tradition and heritage in the drama. On one hand, Maggie probably is the best representation of how...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2012 11:03 pm UTC

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is powerful because it constructs a vision of the private life that is not a sanctuary from the outside world. Williams' construction of the family life is one where the same...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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This interpretation can be supported internally by a close look at the Big Daddy character, on the surface an unlikable domineering “head of household”, but not an aware, discerning, or wise...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2012 6:35 pm UTC

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I think that a stronger case can be made for Big Mama being caring and supportive. She does not chastise anyone and really does not display anything in terms of vengeful behavior. She is...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2013 11:22 pm UTC

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The opening of the drama creates a memorable image in the reader's mind for a couple of reasons. One way is that there is a noticeable distance between Brick and Maggie. Brick is taking a shower...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2013 5:56 pm UTC

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Indeed, Brick needs some type of blessing. It is evident that Brick suffers from so much in way of paralysis and seeking to move into "oblivion" from alcohol that he needs something. I am not...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2012 1:31 am UTC

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