Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams

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Why all this talk about mendacity in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof? Also, how does Brick define it in his life and how does Big Daddy define it in his? What is Tennessee William's ultimate message on mendacity?

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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 degree in each of the characters; in fact, mendacity propels the drama as so often there are no clear-cut truths or lies. 

  • Brick and Margaret (Maggie)

The grief that he feels over the death of his close friend Skipper has caused Brick to sink deeper into his alcoholism as he waits for the "click" which will shut down his melancholic thoughts and growing antipathy for his wife because he believes in her involvement in Skipper's suicide. And, apparently Maggie has not been completely honest with Brick about what happened between her and Skipper. But, she eventually reveals to her husband her involvement with Skipper--only it differs from the half-truths that Brick has believed. For, when Brick was injured and could not play in one of their football games, Skipper became drunk and cost the...

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