Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Feminist Analysis

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Feminist Analysis of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” is massively stocked with various situations that feminists should explore in depth. Maggie’s social standing during the 1950’s, her sexuality and lack of desire by Brick, and the roles of Mae and Big Mama are intricately carved for many reasons. While exploring the three roles of the women it is important to consider the time period in which they were written. Williams, like many other authors of his time, wrote about the decade according to his personal experiences with women. His own accounts with women dealt with sensitivity to the way his mother and sister were treated by his father. “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” has extreme undertones of emotional, sexual, and spiritual need that are apparent in his character “Maggie the Cat”. During the 1950s women were conditioned to find their worth in marriage and creating a sound family structure. The women in Williams’ play are portrayed as very dependent creatures with a variety of characteristics, each in their own very different but all three tied by the constraints of society. Women were to marry, and no matter how miserable they were treated, they were to please their husbands. There was also a tendency for women to stay in meaningless marriages because divorce was not supported by social standards. In the case of Maggie and Brick, he reminds her they are simply living together and married only by name. She seems to be in constant torture because she cannot experience intimacy (be it physical or emotional) with the man in which she has vowed the rest of her life to. It is obvious Brick does not appreciate the devotion of Maggie. He is in a state of denial about life (and his possible sexual orientation and attraction to Skipper) and has degraded Maggie since the beginning of the relationship. He also expresses how amazed he is that

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