Tennessee Williams Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

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Like many other writers of his time, Tennessee Williams was incredibly interested in geography, and how geography played a role in fiction. Williams is considered to be one of the leading figures in the genre of the Southern tradition, also know as the Southern gothic style. The American South has always been more than sprawling plantations incredible riches, and Williams and his contemporaries set out to show the dark side: the shameful secrets and the disturbing truths about families and slavery. One combination on which Williams built much of this suspense was the marriage of shock and pathos, first shown in his earlier works, and continued in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. In Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams developed the main action through…show more content…
Although alcohol renders Brick generally indifferent to many of the events that take place, his two violent outbursts, first at Maggie and subsequently at Big Daddy, are shocking. He yells, he throws his crutches, breaks a lamp, and shatters a glass. These unanticipated incidents of villainous rage are shocking, especially when their subject matter is considered. The whole “Thing with Skipper” which sends Brick into a manic episode is a horrendous taboo, the very type of dark secret which Williams and his contemporaries seek to bring to light through the southern gothic style. The stereotypical charm which the southern United States is known for is shown to be nothing but a front for the dark and disturbing truths facing the members of the Pollitt family. The revelation that Brick may be homosexual is shocking, but what is perhaps even more appalling is Maggie's revelation that she and Skipper slept with each other “to dream it was [Brick].” Another shocking moment was Maggie’s pregnancy reveal. This is a huge lie, and it’s shocking that even in these last few moments with a dying Big Daddy she is willing to compromise her morals for

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