Essay about Exploring Pain in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

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Exploring Pain in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

"Cat On A Hot Tin Roof," written by Tennessee Williams is a brilliant play about a dysfunctional family that is forces to deal with hidden deceptions and hypocrisy. The issues that this play revolves around transcend time and region.

By 1955 Tennessee Williams was already a well known and respected playwright. Theatergoers, as well as critics, had enthusiastically anticipated the arrival of "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof." Many loved the play, but they had difficulty with the play's resolution. (Winchell, 711)

...critics and ordinary theatre-goers have not always known what

to make of the play. Both the original and the Broadway versions

of the third act leave
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Yet, the author believes that Williams twists the myth and subverts it when he hints that his male characters have more than an innocent relationship. (Winchell, 702).

Furthermore, Winchell suggests that Williams has a dislike for Mae and Grooper's relationship and he had distaste for the traditional American family. (Winchell, 702) Although Williams actually abhorred the lies and deception inherent in many traditional families. Winchell also explores how Williams seems to favor the homosexual relationship between the former tenants of Big Daddy's plantation. Their names were Jack Straw and Peter Ochello, and Williams admires the fidelity they shared. (Winchell, 706)

Also, Winchell elaborates on the controversy surrounding the critics as well as the audience opinion of the ending in "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof." Many people felt that there were unresolved questions pertaining to the characters, and the viewer was left unsatisfied. Williams had changed his original ending and he revised the third act in response to Elia Kazan's request; and this is the way it was presented on Broadway.

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