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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Act 1. Dissatisfied woman prostrates herself before a man Brick indifferent She poses, undresses, changes – seductive and vulnerable He remains cold – look of disgust Maggie in the mirror – ‘hideous transformation’ into ‘Maggie the cat’.

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act 1
Act 1
  • Dissatisfied woman prostrates herself before a man
  • Brick indifferent
  • She poses, undresses, changes – seductive and vulnerable
  • He remains cold – look of disgust
  • Maggie in the mirror – ‘hideous transformation’ into ‘Maggie the cat’
slide3

Maggie in the mirror, the most fascinating character in the play

  • Masochistically bound to Brick, frustrated
  • Husband’s indifference and childlessness
  • Insecurity added to by Big Daddy’s imminent death
  • Brick cool but a broken man – his injury symbolising his ‘castration’, loss of masculinity, he is broken emotionally
act 1 part 2
Act 1 – Part 2
  • Maggie’s humiliation
  • 2 interruptions and constant potential with noise from off-scene
  • Rivalry between the play's 2 cats
  • Fertility vs Maggie’s childlessness
  • Attempts to seduce Brick
  • He fends her off like a lion tamer
  • Tries to make him jealous – ‘other men want me’ – precursor to next scene
slide5

Big Mama introduced

  • Bad taste – fat, embarrassingly devoted to a man who hates her.
  • Represents marriage and family, what image????
  • Use of off-stage telephone to rehearse the lie to be told to Big Daddy – like voices represents the ‘spies’ in the house
act 1 part 3
Act 1 part 3
  • Maggie states her fondness for Big Daddy
  • Talks about her past and how poor she was
  • One can be young without money but one cannot be old without money
  • Tries to goad Brick into a reaction – talks about Skipper
  • Brick calls for his niece to bring the party upstairs
slide7

Alludes to his homosexuality

  • Brick threatens her with the crutch
  • Accuses Maggie of naming the ‘one great good true thing’ in his life, dirty – their love assumes mythical, legendary proportions
  • Details about the Skipper, Brick, Maggie triangle – Maggie was a ‘trophy wife’ – the Beckhams!!
  • Skipper and Maggie both found themselves before their God – like a Greek God
  • Maggie shouts, Skipper is dead, Maggie the cat is alive
brick loses his cool
Brick loses his cool
  • Brick throws his crutch and falls to the ground
  • Brick is finally provoked into rage, his coolness shattered
  • Dixie’s interruption – reminding Maggie of what she lacks – a child
  • Maggie drops Maggie the Cat, puts on her public face and turns to face the family