Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983)

A poet and playwright famous for A Streetcar Named Desire, Williams was a known homosexual of the mid-twentieth century. Drawing inspiration from his own life, his work often contains themes of sexuality, gender, mental illness, abuse, and alcoholism.

While reading this selection from his play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, keep in mind how since his friend Skipper’s suicide, the main character Brick has been pushing away his wife Maggie, and that the interaction included below between Brick and his Father, Big Daddy, is a kind of hyper-masculine standoff began by Big Daddy to try to help his son’s alcoholism.

Excerpts from: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof