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  • Paperback
  • 208
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  • Tennessee Williams
  • English
  • 27 August 2017
  • 9780811216012

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REVIEW ´ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof He public controversy Cat stirred up it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the Drama Critics Circle Award for that year Williams as he so often did with his plays rewrot I m not sure that you can consider yourself a southerner or even from the south if you have not read Tennessee Williams plays all of them I may be a transplanted Hoosier now but rest assured I have read and adore all of Williams plays They are without a doubt some of the very best of American literature and by far in the top tier of Southern Lit This Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is one of his best

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

REVIEW ´ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Cat on a Hot Tin Roof first heated up Broadway in 1955 with its gothic American story of brothers vying for their dying father’s inheritance amid a whirlwind of sexual This year I embarked to read plays written by the giants of American playwrights and I currently find myself reading through Tennessee Williams trilogy of classic plays Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was first written in 1955 and revised many times both for the stage and film Featuring well known characters the play is known for its character studies and should be viewed live rather than read It is in this light that I read the Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and enjoyed its characters for which I rate four bright stars Tennessee Williams takes us to a plantation in the south where two brothers Gooper and Brick are jockeying for position to get the upper hand in their father Big Daddy s will Brick is a former football star who has become an alcoholic because he can face that he is no longer able to star on the football field He is married to Maggie and as alcohol has pervaded their marriage the couple remains childless Gooper is married to Mae and the couple has five children and expecting a sixth Although eight years Brick s senior and a successful attorney Gooper is not the light of Big Daddy s eyes Big Daddy would like nothing than to leave his land to Brick if only the latter would right himself and turn his life around Meanwhile the wives Maggie and Mae can not stand each other and offer malicious lines to each other Maggie s arias are memorable as I always enjoy a strong female lead Both women are as the title notes likes cats on a hot tin roof dancing around each other on edge because neither will be satisfied until they have successfully one upped the other From my perspective Maggie is the likeable of the two even though it is Mae who has given Big Daddy the grandchildren he desires The climax of the play is the exchange between Big Daddy and Brick in which Big Daddy urges his son to become a better person This occurs in the second act making the third act almost anti climatic Perhaps if I had viewed this play live I might have thought differently but I enjoyed the second act than the third primarily for the exchange between Big Daddy and Brick Tennessee Williams is a master playwright of the 20th century He touches on social issues as homosexual relationships and a woman s place in a marriage before it was socially acceptable to do so Being ahead of his time Williams brings these issues into light in the forms of deep characters I enjoyed the personas of Brick Maggie and Big Daddy and sneered at Mae who embodies the old south A solid four stars in print form I look forward to viewing Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on film

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REVIEW ´ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Ity untethered in the person of Maggie the Cat The play also daringly showcased the burden of sexuality repressed in the agony of her husband Brick Pollitt In spite of t 4 stars This three act play by Tennessee Williams won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1955 Williams explores gender roles homosexuality homophobia societal expectations avarice and the psychology of dysfunction relationships which abound in these flawed but incredibly human characters Big Daddy is the larger than life patriarch of the Mississippi plantation where they live He is crass and opinionated but at an opportune moment in dialog with his son Brick Big Daddy reveals that he would be tolerant if his son is homosexual Brick who has absorbed societal norms rails against his father s attempts at conversation and against his father s tolerance When Big Daddy determinedly pries from Brick the reason for his alcoholism and morose disposition Brick utters the word disgust At that moment the reader or theatergoer as the case may be knows that of all the things that may disgust Brick he is most of all disgusted with himself It s apropos that Brick is leaning on a crutch from an injury he obtained while trying to rekindle his high school athleticism by jumping over a hurdle The alcohol is another crutch Even his suffering keeps him passive The women in the play are as colorful as peacock feathers Maggie depicts the marginalized female of the 1950s but she breaks stereotypes She wields words in a powerful way and exudes vitality She is sultry proud of her sexuality but determined to find a place for Brick and herself in the kingdom of Big Daddy Maggie is the cat on a hot tin roof Big Mama is an obnoxious character While I felt sympathy for her being the brunt of Big Daddy s jokes I was annoyed at her behavior catering to Big Daddy making him the sun in her world The fact that she coddles her grown son Brick calling him my baby seems debilitating for both parties Big Mama s expectation that a child from Maggie and Brick will solve everything and make Big Daddy happy is an added pressure for Maggie especially considering that her sister in law Mae is a fertility machine Mae is happily greedy and everything she does is to secure for herself and her brood Lies manipulation and as Williams puts it through Big Daddy mendacity is another major theme in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Maggie Mae and Gooper Brick s older brother all want a part of Big Daddy s wealth and they will lie or manipulate in order to gain whatever is possible Mae and Gooper seem to have no real love for Big Daddy only for what he can give them The only one that doesn t want a part of it is Brick This comes across as a truth Williams winnows through the chaff to expose a truth that most of us know true love cannot be bought nor revealed through expensive gifts or possessions but he does it in a way that we are not likely to forget An unhappy young man who is offered the kingdom but looks away in search of something else We also know he s not likely to find it at the bottom of a bottle Brick believes the best thing he ever had in his life is lost forever his friendship and love of Skipper his best friend Maggie reaches out to Brick with something else She says Life has got to be allowed to continue even after the dream of life is all over My interpretation of her words are you can continue to live in the fantasy of your high school football hero days and with the grief of your lost perfect love or you can live in an imperfect present where love and life are messy but real This is a May group read with On the Southern Literary Trail and one I highly recommend