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Use of Language in Cat and a Hot Tin Roof

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Use of Language in Cat and a Hot Tin Roof Complexity and simplicity of the language- the language shows emotions. If we look at the three couples in the house they all show their differences through language. The two emotional couples are Brick and Maggie, and Big Mama and Big Daddy- these two couples language is different from the calmer Mae and Gooper. Maggie and Bricks language is awaked and there's a lot of cover-up's, such as Maggie's long speeches. Big Mama and Big Daddy's language is angry. Big Daddy swears and yells a lot and Big Mama tries to cover it up with humour or by fussing with something. -Though it doesn't often work and sometimes she shows she's hurt. Mae and Gooper are always calm; there's hardly any shouting. They're very calm and creepy as a couple, always dropping little hints and trying to win Big Mama's affection- " Now, Mommy, be a brave girl". Mae refers to Big Mama as if she's her mother, when really what she's doing is trying to win her affection for her own personnel gain when she's in shock. Gooper always employs similar tactics. Gooper is Daddy's eldest and most disliked son and he resents the fact that his parents love his brother more, maybe in a way he feels he deserves the estate because of all the love he's missed out on. ...read more.


In act one when Brick and Maggie where having an argument there's a pause, then Maggie shouts "No!- God!- I wouldn't!", then a pause where we see Maggie go through a phase where she stops herself from crying out and retreats into her normal mode. If the pauses weren't there we wouldn't know how truly awkward her situation is. Type of vocabulary used- "You look so cool, so cool, so enviably cool" - Maggie mournfully remarks on Brick's inaccessibility in Act I. The favourite son and longed-for lover, Brick possesses the charm of those who have given up and has assumed an indifference for the world to see. Brick is suppose to be masculine, and is, but this is covered up by his self-possessed, self-contained, untouchable, man that he is. The language in the quote above shows that Brick and Maggie are complete opposites. Against Brick Maggie appears the hysterical, dissatisfied woman, who wants to be with a man who refuses to recognize her desire. Use of subtext- "no-neck monsters" Maggie retorts that comment, describing Gooper and Mae's children as them. She calls them no-neck monsters because she thinks that their parents, Mae and Gooper are below her in society. This theme of Gooper and Mae being below her carries on the whole way through the play with comments like "Gooper still cherishes the illusion he took a giant step up on the social ladder when he married Miss Mae Flynn". ...read more.


"You told me! I told you!"- Brick forcefully closes his dialogue with Daddy in Act II with a simple sentence. He has just told Big Daddy that he has cancer in return for the revelation of his and Skipper's relationship. Throughout the play, Brick and Big Daddy appear to be in a narcissistic relationship with each other. The audiences see this and as their relationship changes positions from teller to listener, the audience learns more about each character and re-acts differently to each story. She had a naked child with her, a little naked girl, barely able to toddle, and after a while she set this child on the ground and give her a push and whispered something to her. This child come toward me, barely able t'walk, come toddling up to me and-Jesus, it makes you sick t'remember a thing like this! It stuck out its hand and tried to unbutton my trousers!- In a rather strange digression, Big Daddy recalls his world travels at the beginning of his dialogue with Brick in Act II. Daddy's memories of his travels introduce a motif familiar to Williams' readers: the Mediterranean/North Africa as a primal space, a space of savagery, lawlessness, and sexual excess-in short, all that which civilization would repress. These places represent what is repressed in the home. The impact on the audience this has is varied, most people would feel disgusted- especially since this was aimed at a 1950's audience, who thought paedophilia was a great taboo. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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