A Critical Analysis Of ' Cat On A Hot Tin Roof '

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A Critical Analysis of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” by Tennessee Williams
Thomas Lanier “Tennessee” Williams background greatly influenced his stories, including his drama, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” One important influence on the drama was the author’s father, Cornelius Coffin. According to Harold Bloom, author of an analysis of “Tennessee Williams,” in 1911 Williams was born to Cornelius Coffin and Edwina Dakin Williams in Columbus Mississippi. His father was a traveling salesman who was a drunk and gambler, the family moved often, until Cornelius took and office job within the International Shoe Company moving the family to St. Louis. (Par 1, Pg. 11) Similarly, Williams father bears many similarities to the protagonist of his drama, “Cat on a hot Tin Roof” Brick. Brick lives with his wife in Mississippi and shows a great indifference towards his family by taking part in drinking. In addition to his Father, another influence on the drama was William’s own sexuality. When Thomas was young his older sister Rose began showing signs of insanity, becoming withdrawn in her teen years. Being forced into social situations by their mother eventually Rose was diagnosed with schizophrenia. In 1737 she underwent a fontal lobotomy and was docile form then on, and Tom would go on as her caretaker. During the time of his sisters illness, feelings of homosexuality arose within Tom at the same time, so he could never separate the two events.(Par 2, Pg. 11) Similarly, the Protagonist Brick has to

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