Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 20 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
The unicorn. The unicorn! I think that should be the main character personally for all the symbolism it held!
Blue Mountain. Oh, the stories she tells about those days at Blue Mountain! Gentlemen callers this, gentleman callers that, jonquils...
playing the victrola. She plays the records her father left behind when he ran off. Amanda is the one who daydreams of her old beaux!
No. No, they met at high school briefly and then later worked at the factory together. Jim is Tom's supervisor.
Shakespeare. This is because he has seen him writing poems on shoebox lids.
No. No, but he is engaged. This breaks Laura's heart.
Gone With The Wind. She is trying to sell a woman's magazine and mentions the story which is said to be the next "Gone With The Wind".
Big Daddy. At his introduction in Act Two, Big Daddy's first words, 'crap', emphasise his lack of fear and forthright attitude. But, as he engages in conversation with his son Brick, his earlier comment contrasts greatly with his revelation that he 'thought the old man of bones' had finally claimed him. His earlier confidence has now diminished, and in its place is uncertainty.
Flynn. While Maggie was 'born poor, raised poor', and 'expected to die poor', Mae, as a member of the Flynn family, is described as having nothing 'in this world except money'. Because of this, Maggie tries to use her poverty to justify her desire for Big Daddy's money, claiming that she deserves it more than Mae does.
Rainbow Hill. Brick does indeed appear to be an alcoholic, and Maggie isn't the only character to have noticed, hence the reason 'so many allusions have been made to Rainbow Hill lately'.
His friendship with Skipper. Regardless of Brick's dominance at the start of the play, it is Maggie who emerges as the "trapper", by the end of Act One. Having known Brick for a number of years, Maggie possesses an insight into his personal life. She knows that Brick had homosexual feelings for his friend Skipper,(who is now dead), and she uses this knowledge to torment him, by saying that she thinks 'it was noble'. This causes Brick, who is unable to stand the intensity of the topic, to respond violently, turning to 'face her, half lifting his crutch'.
Big Daddy. Big Daddy is a powerful figure, and extremely dominant and demanding. He is forever in the characters' thoughts, and does not seem to approve of his grandchildren either, commenting to Gooper that he should 'put them pigs at a trough in the kitchen'.
Monster of fertility. Brick's brother, Gooper, and his wife Mae, have five children, with a sixth on the way. When Maggie enters the stage, she complains fiercely about these 'no-necked monsters', and continues to whine and joke about her poor nieces and nephews throughout the entire play.
Alcohol. Brick and Big Daddy are alike in many ways. Both are honest and forthright men, locked in unhappy marriages, seeking an escape, which Brick does through liquor. During Act Two, Big Daddy reveals the rarely revealed "parent" within him. His only concern is for his son's welfare:
"If you don't like Maggie, get rid of Maggie."
He offers blunt, but reasonable advice, but as this scene progresses, Big Daddy realises the extent of Brick's alcoholism, when Brick mentions the need for the "click" he gets in his head.
Big Daddy. Act Two of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" results in a birthday party for Big Daddy. Throughout the act the audience is gradually fed information on this occasion, which ends up being quite an uncomfortable affair, as Big Daddy doesn't seem to want to celebrate. All he seems intent on doing is finding out what is wrong with Brick, who is his favourite son.
Her love for Brick. Ultimately, Maggie is trapped by her love for her husband, Brick. Although she is held, somewhat, by the knowledge that she must play along with their "happy" marriage in order to gain a slice of Big Daddy's inheritance, it is actually her love for her husband and not money, that is her main motivation for staying.