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Cat On A Hot Tin Roof By Tennessee Williams

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“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” by Tennessee Williams explores two comparable, but dissimilar characters Maggie and Brick. Maggie’s character comes from a poor family; she is a lonely, sociable, jealous, seductive, devious, cunning, and greedy. While Brick comes from a rich family and is lonely, has a sense of guilt, is an alcoholic, unsociable, and a coward when it comes to problems.
Brick and Maggie grew up with incredibly opposite lifestyles that helped mold them into the people they are today. Brick was born into a family of wealth, who lived on a 28,000 acre plantation. He experienced the life of living in luxury and had butlers and maids to care for him and do all the household chores. Maggie on the other hand was an old fashioned redneck who came from a poor and humble family, who had to do everything by themselves.
Brick and Maggie both have a sense of loneliness; however Brick precisely instigated both characters feelings of loneliness for different reasons. Brick instigates Maggie’s loneliness because of his hatred towards her and the consequence of her husband’s hatred results in neglect, inattentiveness and rejection when she tries to seduce him, which causes her to feel lonely. Whereas Brick generated his loneliness when he lost his friend Skipper; he built up a wall to hide behind and conceal all his emotions.
Brick has an attribute of guilt and can be considered a broken man emotionally. Right before Skipper died, Skipper proclaimed his feelings of sexual attraction to Brick through a phone call. This was Brick’s last conversation with his best friend and his guilt comes from hanging up the phone on him because his manhood was now threatened. Brick represses all of his feelings about the situation and becomes an emotionally broken man. In contrast Maggie never feels a sense of guilt and is not emotionally broken.
Concealing those emotions turns Brick into an alcoholic in an attempt to drown out his sorrows and suppress his feelings. Whenever he was confronted about Skipper, he dodged all talks by retreating to the liquor cabinet. It was too painful to converse about his friend and this generates him into an alcoholic, whereas Maggie did not experience the feelings that Brick was going through and as a result did not have to turn to alcohol.
Full of life and very sociable, Maggie is continuously partaking and getting involved in the family functions. While she is up and about throughout the mansion, eating meals with the family in the dining room and sitting outside with family members, Brick stays confined in the bedroom away from everyone else until they all came up to his room. Brick is dreadfully unsociable and always removed himself from the family drama; he liked to use his broken ankle as a crutch to give him a reason to avoid socializing.
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