In Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a Southern family meet to celebrate 'Big Daddy' Pollit's birthday: Gooper with his wife and children, his brother Brick - an ageing, broken football star - and his wife Maggie. But as the party unfolds the facade of a happy family gathering is fractured by sexual frustration, repressed love, and greed in the light of their ...
In Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a Southern family meet to celebrate 'Big Daddy' Pollit's birthday: Gooper with his wife and children, his brother Brick - an ageing, broken football star - and his wife Maggie. But as the party unfolds the facade of a happy family gathering is fractured by sexual frustration, repressed love, and greed in the light of their father's impending death. This Student Edition provides an extensive introduction and notes by Philip C. Kolin, a world authority on Williams. The introduction includes: a chronology of Williams' life and times; a summary of the plot, commentary on the characters, themes, language and context, and a production history of the play. Together with questions for further study and notes on words and phrases from the text, this is the essential edition of the play for students of literature and drama. Since it was made into a Hollywood film starring Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is arguably Tennessee Williams' most celebrated play.
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Cat on A Hot Tin Roof is one of three plays that rank among Tennessee's finest. Maggie wants back the affection of her alcoholic husband. Brick wants to drink until he "hears that click" and all of his problems fade away. Big Daddy wants to know why his son drinks. Big Mama wants to know from Maggie what is wrong with her son's marriage. Sister Woman is scheming to see to it that she, her husband, and her brood of "no neck monsters" inherit the estate. Brother Man wants the love and affection of his parents lavished on Brick. So, what is Brick's problem? You will have to hear Maggie explain that night spent with Brick's late best friend, Skipper. All of these problems come to a dramatic conclusion on a stormy night, in and out of the house.
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