Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams

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What are the significance and implications of the argument between Big Daddy and Brick in Act 2 of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof? Also, what is the importance of the elephant story told by...

What are the significance and implications of the argument between Big Daddy and Brick in Act 2 of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof? Also, what is the importance of the elephant story told by Big Daddy?

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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 said. "I never considered my homosexuality as anything to be disguised. Neither did I consider it a matter to be over-emphasized. I consider it an accident of nature.

"My life was a series of little adventures unconsummated before I was 28. It was after I went to New Orleans that I selected homosexuality as a way of sexual life. Lucky for me, I made the decision." Then he edited his words: "The decision was made for me."

These quotes from that interview are included here for a reason. Sexuality, and homosexuality, are powerful elements of Williams’ work, and acknowledging and understanding the role sexuality and homosexuality play in his writings is a key to understanding the confrontation between Big Daddy and Brick in the second act of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof . The play’s most sympathetic figure is...

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