English 100 and 235
16 October 2012
The Last but not the Least: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
I find it funny that Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams is the last play we viewed in class because it sums up each and every play I have seen in this English 100 and Drama 235 class. All four plays tie-in with Cat on a Hot Tin Roof for it talks about: Lies (Oedipus Rex), jealousy (Othello), sexuality or gender roles (A Doll’s House) and the American Dream or greed (Death of a Salesman).
The most versatile play that is Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is carefully handcrafted by Williams; as a modern playwright, he might have gotten inspiration from the ancient Greeks or classic drama plays. However what truly fuels his art and passion for writing was his life struggles. Growing up in the South, Williams describes his childhood as “pleasant and happy”, but his family situation was not going so well for him because his father was a workaholic and he was raised by his mother in most of his childhood days. His father was a salesman that possessed a very demanding personality. He demanded Williams to work as a salesclerk and hated it so much that he began writing every after work. As a result, he became an introvert and diverted all his sentiments through writing. Eventually, he had written many plays that caught the audiences’ attention and thus creating one of his best plays he had ever written, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
Just like the play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, lies or mendacity run rampant in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. It helps keep the play going and interesting. Both leading characters in both stories are living their lives full of lies. Brick is experiencing the consequences of his own doubts about his family. Firstly, he thinks that his wife, Maggie, whom loves him dearly, marries him because of the inheritance that is up for grabs whenever his father (Big Daddy) passes away. Next, he also thinks the same way about towards his mother (Big Momma) who in all reality...
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