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Tennessee Williams - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

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Florian Walther

on 20 January 2013

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Transcript of Tennessee Williams - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

by Florian Walther Structure 2) Tennessee Williams 3) Summary 4) Sociogram 6) Excerpt of the film 8) short quiz Tennessee Williams - * 26th of March 1911, Columbus, Mississippi
† 25th of February 1983, New York City - Full name: Thomas
Lanier Williams -> nickname: Tennessee - american writer, mainly playwright - professional career from the 1930s to 1983 - received a Tony Award for best play for "The Rose Tattoo"; Pulitzer Price for "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" Summary Act One Act Two Act Three - Maggie and Brick in
Bedroom - Brick drinks - Maggie complains about
Gooper and his children - Maggie → cat on a hot tin
roof - Maggie complains about
past days with Skipper - Maggie wants to have a
child with Brick - Big Daddy comes home from
hospital - Brick and Big Daddy are alone - talking about Big Daddy's world tour
and Bricks past - Big Daddy returned from
"death's country" → thinks he has no
cancer→ Brick tells him the truth - Brick is disgusted with mendacity - the family
comes together - Brick shall take over the
plantation; Gooper
wants it - tell Big Mama about
Big Daddys cancer - Big Daddy
wants a grandson - Maggie says she is pregnant Big Daddy - large, brash and vulgar - plantation millionaire - suffers from cancer - "back from death's
country" - wants Brick to face his
desire Big Mama - Big Daddy's wife - fat, serious and rude - despised by her husband Maggie - The "cat on a hot tin roof" - hard, nervous and bitchy - desperate in loneliness - married with Brick "You look so cool, so
enviably cool." - Act One "You been passing the buck. This disgust with mendacity is disgust with yourself. You!—you dug the grave of your friend and kicked him in it!—before you'd face the truth with him!" - Act Two Brick - Big Daddy's second
but favorite son - very masculine but broken man - drinks since his friend
Skipper died - self-possessed, untouchable - disgust at mendacity "You told me! I told you!"
- Act Two Mae - Gooper's wife - mean and agitated - has four children Gooper - Big Daddy's oldest son - successful corporate lawyer - ruthless in trying to overtake the
plantation Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - drama (play) -> tragedy - written 1939 New York - published: 1940 - first performance: 1955 - themes: mendacity, homosexuality, superficiality Short Quiz What is Goopers
occupation? corporate lawyer From what does
Big Daddy think
he suffers? a spastic colon What is Brick
disgusted with? mendacity Sources book "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" http://www.sparknotes.com/drama/cat/
(28. 12.12) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennessee_Williams
(28.12.12) http://www.posterdb.de/detailmovie.php?filmID=816 http://eng3122.wordpress.com/group-4-main/gender-studies-approaches/femininity-in-on-the-waterfront-and-cat-on-a-hot-tin-roof/ http://trueclassics.net/2011/05/18/what-is-the-victory-of-a-cat-on-a-hot-tin-roof/ Thank you for
your attention! :) a cat on a hot tin roof ;) How old is
Big Daddy? 65 1) New vocabulary Vocabulary crutch - stick used to support a lame person
for walking mendacity - if someone is lying all the time
kind of a condition of that person
(→ german → Verlogenheit) spatsic colon - disease of a part of the digestion
part of the body → Big Daddy
struggles with it brash - self-assertive in a rude, noisy, or overbearing way Background - Williams handles with his past in his plays - some characters symbolize family members - setting: inspired by puritan citizens and their
life - mainly autobiographical Morality mendacity, superficiality, greed and preoccupation with disease and death motifs: Tennessee Williams: - rules of social conduct in Southern
society and culture "Life can be very rude and full of mendacity and
there is always someone who nibbles at you because
of jealousy, greed of gain or fear." 5) Background 7) Morality 9) sources
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