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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

March 30, 2016 | Author: | Posted in american literature, literature and language

Tennessee Williams ‘ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Love is the truth of life . A world in which love has disappeared becomes a wretched lie . It negates life , it negates beauty , it negates joy “What ‘s that smell in this room ? Didn ‘t you notice it , Brick ? Didn ‘t you notice the powerful and obnoxious odor of mendacity in this room ” – says Maggie , the “Cat ” in Tennessee Williams ‘ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Living with a person who does not love her makes her a cat on a hot tin roof . She [banner_entry_middle]

simply does not feel at home , at peace with the world . It is not just the question of a particular room either . This is the problem with our world in general : there is mendacity in the air almost everywhere . When there is no more love between husband and wife , the home becomes a prison , and the lives of people get trapped in a big lie .Playwright Tennessee Williams molded the characters and events of his plays from the material based on his personal life and real world observations . He himself was born into a dysfunctional family , with an alcoholic father who was an inveterate gambler to boot . His sister suffered from schizophrenia (Sparknotes . His first major play The Glass Menagerie (1945 ) dealt with the corrosive strife between a son and his controlling mother . Then came his first Pulitzer Prize-winning play A Streetcar Named Desire , in 1947 . This was followed by another Pulitzer Prize-winning play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in 1955 . It was a great financial and critical success for Willaims (Devlin 96 .This play again deals with conflicts in a Southern family , depicting the proceedings in a family gathering in the aftermath of the cancer diagnosis of Maggie ‘s father-in-law , the family patriarch , Big Daddy . It play was later turned into a hugely successful movie starring Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor . Featuring these two enormously beautiful actors , the movie particularly brought out the contrast between the beauty and bounty of the natural world , and the ugly depleted world we have made for ourselves . All references to homosexuality were excised from both the stage play and the movie (Harris 67 Maggie is a strong assertive woman , and by no means a weak submissive or at least an accommodating type – this makes it all the more difficult for her husband to relate to her . Like the character Martha in Edward Albee ‘s Who ‘s Afraid of Virginia Woolf , Maggie is adept in verbal sparring with her husband (Kundert-Gibbs , 230 . Their behavior does not conform to proper ‘ female behavior in society ‘s eye . Their husbands would have been much better off with typical meek and subservient wives who could have eagerly conformed to their wishes . A man needs to be mature , wise and harboring a very positive orientation toward life to relate to and be in love with a woman who does not see herself as second to her husband in anyway . Both Maggie ‘s husband Brick… [banner_entry_footer]


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