Cat On a Hot Tin Roof - Characters

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  • Cat On a Hot Tin Roof - Characters
    • Margaret
      • The play's cat.
      • Maggie's loneliness and Brick's refusal to make her his desire, has made her hard, nervous, and bitchy.
      • The woman constantly posing in the mirror, Maggie holds the audiences transfixed.
      • The exhilaration of the play lies in the force of the audience's identification with its gorgeous heroine, a woman desperate in her sense of loneliness, who is made all the more beautiful in her envy, longing, and dispossession.
    • Brick
      • The favorite son and mourned lover.
      • Brick embodies an almost archetypal masculinity.
      • At the same time, the Brick before us is also an obviously broken man because of his repressed homosexual desire for his dead friend Skipper.
    • Big Daddy
      • Brick's father.
      • Affectionately dubbed by Maggie as an old-fashioned "Mississippi redneck," Daddy is a large, brash, and vulgar plantation millionaire who believes he has returned from the grave.
      • Though his coming death has been quickly repressed, in some sense Daddy has confronted its possibility.
      • In returning from "death's country," Daddy would force his son to face his own desire.
    • Big Mama
      • Brick's mother.
      • Fat, breathless, sincere, earnest, crude, and bedecked in flashy gems, Mama is a woman embarrassingly dedicated to a man who despises her and in feeble denial of her husband's disgust.
      • She considers Brick her "only son"
    • Mae
      • A mean, agitated "monster of fertility" who schemes with her husband Gooper to secure Big Daddy's estate.
      • Mae appears primarily responsible for the burlesques of familial love and devotion that she and the children stage before the grandparents.
    • Gooper
      • A successful corporate lawyer.
      • Gooper is Daddy's eldest and least favored son.
      • He deeply resents his parents' love for Brick, viciously relishes in Daddy's illness, and rather ruthlessly plots to secure control of the estate.
    • Reverend Tooker
      • A tactless, opportunistic, and hypocritical guest at Big Daddy's birthday party.
      • As Williams indicates, his role is to embody the lie of conventional morality.
      • Note especially in Act III his off-hand anecdote about the colors of his cheap chasuble fading into each other.
    • Doctor Baugh
      • The sober Baugh is Daddy's physician.
      • He delivers Daddy's diagnosis to Big Mama and leaves her with a prescription of morphine.
    • The Children
      • Mae and Gooper's children.
      • They appear here as grotesque, demonic "no- necked monsters" who intermittently interrupt the action on-stage.
      • Under Mae's direction, they offer up a burlesque image of familial love and devotion.
    • The Servants
      • The plantation servants appear throughout the play.
      • Note Williams's references to "***** voices." In the birthday scene, they appear laughing at the edges of the stage, functioning to almost ornament the grotesque tableau.

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