Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
The play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a tragedy written by Tennessee Williams. The play takes place in the summer of the mid 1950’s in the bed room of a Mississippi plantation owned by one of the characters named Big Daddy. There are three major characters in the play: Big Daddy, his son Brick, and Brick’s wife Maggie. The rest of the family is present in the play but don’t play such important roles. The major theme of the play is mendacity and its effects on its subjects.
The play starts out in the bedroom of Brick and Maggie, where Maggie is complaining to Brick about how Mae is making her monstrous children perform for Big Daddy. She goes on to rant about how Mae and Gooper are trying to cut them out of Big Daddy’s estate. Big Mama bursts in and screams the news that Big Daddy isn’t dying of cancer but only has a spastic colon. Once she leaves, Maggie informs Brick that the doctors lied to Big Daddy and Big Mama about Big Daddy’s condition and that he really is dying. Meanwhile Brick is hobbling around with an ankle injury he got from trying to jump hurdles at the high school while drunk the night before. After Brick makes a drink, Maggie catches him staring at her in the mirror and she then goes on to cry about how she is a “cat on a hot tin roof” because she is with a man that doesn’t love her. Maggie goes on to say she wishes she never confessed about her occurrence with the late Skipper and how she is jealous of the relationship Brick had with him. After Big Daddy’s birthday party is brought up to Brick and Maggie’s room, Bid Daddy and Big Mama start to fight about whether she truly loves him or not. After his argument with her he calls in Brick and starts badgering him about his drinking problem. Big Daddy suggests that Bricks relationship with Skipper was more than “friendly” and Brick gets so angry he confesses that he hung up on Skipper after a drunken confession and then Skipper committed suicide. Brick then reveals to Big...
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