Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams

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What is the importance of the use of long stage directions in Williams Cat on a Hot Tin Roof?

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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 shows a world where barriers to emotional connection exist in different ways.  Such difficulties are essential to the play's development, and the use of stage directions enhance this.  For example, in the play's opening, Maggie is ready to rail about how Brick's family wants to deny him his inheritance. However, Williams includes stage directions which show that "She freezes momentarily before her next remark. Her voice drops as if it were somehow a personally embarrassing admission."   Another example...

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