Cat On A Hot Tin Roof Essay

952 Words Nov 3rd, 2015 4 Pages
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Elia Kazan created a film adaptation in 1958 of Tennessee Williams’s original play titled Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. This film overall offers an expanded role for Big Daddy, and one scene in particular that clearly shows this extended role is the basement scene (interpolated just for the film), that proves to be very incongruent with Williams’s thoughts on the topics of homosexuality, communication, and narcissism seen throughout his play.
Homosexuality, a topic evident in Williams’s original work, is brought about by the conversation Brick and Big Daddy share in act two of the play; for it is here that he states his belief that homosexuality is a natural and pure emotion that (due to society’s opinions on it) is encouraged to be repressed. As is seen by Brick’s apprehension to come to terms with the homosexual love he felt for skipper that Big Daddy (with his acceptance of this kind of taboo love) tries to force Brick to admit to himself; which ultimately contributes to their dysfunctional relationship. As Big Daddy said “You started drinkin’ when your friend Skipper died … [there was something not] exactly normal in your friendship with [him] … This disgust with mendacity is [really] disgust with yourself. You! —dug the grave of your friend and kicked him in it! —before you’d face truth with him! ” Meaning that Big Daddy believes Brick is drinking, not out of a disgust for the world and it’s lies, but to avoid facing the truth (that Skipper had) about…

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