The Plays of Tennessee Williams

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Tennessee Williams was known as one of the greatest and most controversial playwrights in American history. He once said “I believe that writing or any form of creative work was never meant by nature to be a man’s way of making a living, that when it becomes one it almost certainly loses a measure of purity” (Lewis 54). This statement shows that Williams was a genuine writer who used his plays and poems to express his own thoughts. Williams was known for his Southern Gothic writing style. This is “a style of writing practiced by many writers of the American South whose stories set in that region are characterized by grotesque, macabre, or fantastic incidents” (“Southern gothic”). Some critics believe that Williams had sacrificed his…show more content…
It is shown throughout the play that lying is something people do daily in order to conform to society’s wants. Big Daddy has made his life, rose up from beneath and became a rich and social man. His son, Brick, knows what his family expects of him and refuses to let them down by even contemplating the fact that he may be homosexual. He has not been true to himself or the world in the aspect of love. He knows that neither the world nor his family would accept him if it turned out that he was homosexual, so he buries that thought deep inside him. The denial of his friend Skippers’ love for him tore Brick down little by little on the inside until he began to hate the world, and felt disgusted for being a part of it. This play is just one more reason that Williams was known as a controversial playwright. At this point in time, in 1955, homosexuality was not discussed publicly. When Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was being made into a movie all hints of homosexuality were taken out of the script because it was considered to be a form of perversion. Williams himself had a long term partner in Frank Merlo, meaning that he himself was homosexual during the time when it was not fully accepted. Merlo acted as Williams’ manager, which in a way shows how Skipper was Bricks best friend but was actually in love with him. Some critics say that because Williams used a lot of the same themes in his works that he became predictable. Even Williams would admit to writing about the same themes,
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