Exploring Pain in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Essay

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"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," written by Tennessee Williams is a brilliant play about a dysfunctional family that is forces to deal with hidden deceptions and hypocrisy. The issues that this play revolves around transcend time and region. By 1955 Tennessee Williams was already a well known and respected playwright. Theatergoers, as well as critics, had enthusiastically anticipated the arrival of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." Many loved the play, but they had difficulty with the play's resolution. (Winchell, 711) ...critics and ordinary theatre-goers have not always known what to make of the play. Both the original and the Broadway versions of the third act leave questions unanswered and an uneasy sense that the answers suggested are willed and …show more content…
For example, Maggie tells her husband Brick in Act One, "I'm not living with you. We share the same cage." (Williams, 28) Furthermore, music often plays an important role in a good drama. In "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" there is a reference to music being heard in Act One after Maggie tells Brick "you have that rare sort of charm that usually only happens in very old or helplessly sick people, the charm of the defeated-you look so cool...." (Williams, 24) In Act Two Maggie turns on the console and a symphony or opera blasts into the air. Big Daddy angrily turns off the music and his action makes a statement about the importance of the characters truly hearing each other and not being distracted by anything. Williams’ use of spectacle in this play is compelling. The lighting is bright to add to the tension that the characters feel as well as the intensity of the conflict throughout the play. The drama occurs in one room without walls, since the characters can no longer hide from the truth. Yet, Williams’ prose creates the greatest sense of spectacle, since the words bring the characters to life, and in turn captivate the audience or reader. In addition, Williams’ play contains dramatic irony and this "allows the audience to know more than the characters do about their own circumstances." (Arcarian and Klotz, 21) The play's ending puzzles many but it does not conclude with an action. Williams preferred his original ending since
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