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Comment on Williams' presentation of Maggie and Brick's respective solitary confinement within both their sense of self and their marriage

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"Comment on Williams' presentation of Maggie and Brick's respective solitary confinement within both their sense of self and their marriage". Comment on the dramatic devises used such as setting, stage directions and dialogue that Williams uses to explain this sense of solitary confinement. "Williams instinctively understands the loneliness of a human being - his or her constant and desperate attempt that is to escape the reality that is there loneliness and their subsequent failure to do so". Williams portrays this loneliness to an audience through the spatial distances on stage between characters, which is suggested in the stage direction. "Margaret is alone". It is also emphasised through symbolism and the dialogue between characters. Big Mama accuses Margaret of not satisfying Brick in bed and of Brick's break down. After this accusation, "Margaret is alone, completely alone". By repeating this stage direction Williams is emphasising that it is imperative that Maggie should be alone. This signifies her isolation within her marriage. ...read more.

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"I've borne no children", "I'm childless", "you can't have babies", "they gloat over us being childless". This obsession makes her very insecure. When Big Mama starts questioning, "D'you make Brick happy in bed?" She is observing that Maggie's sexuality isn't enough, therefore this breaks Maggie's crutch and leaves her "completely alone" and isolated. As a defence mechanism, Maggie creates another personality for herself, "I am Maggie the cat!" Williams uses this animal as it has many connotations. A cat has connotations of being a fighter and a survivor and also of being a solitary animal. Maggie has all of these qualities but at this point in the play she is especially showing that of a solitary animal. The dialogue also displays the isolation between the two characters. Maggie does a lot of talking, "You know, our sex life didn't just peter out in the normal way...the best lookin' man in the crowd-followed me upstairs and tried to force his way in the powder room with me, followed me to the door and tried to force his way in!" ...read more.

Conclusion

However, when Maggie questions this he is defensive. For Brick and Skipper it was "irrelevant whether they had a sexual relationship . For both anything less than being a real man was suspect" BERKOWITZ AMERICAN DRAMA OF THE 20th CENTURY. This confusion is Brick over his emotions and his relationship with Skipper had already begun to isolate Brick from Maggie. It is the sexual act between Maggie and Brick that has lead to Maggie and Brick's separate isolation and their isolation within their marriage. Williams sets the scene for this solitary confinement at the beginning of the play. He lulls the reader, or the audience, into a false sense of security by implying an intimate relationship. The scene is set with "a shower in the bathroom, the door of which is half open...a pretty young woman...bedroom". However, this intimate ideal is quickly reversed when the dialogue between Maggie and Brick begins. Williams uses stage direction and dialogue to clearly outline the isolation in Maggie and Brick and uses the setting to convince the audience into a false sense of security of their marriage. Maggie and Brick are isolated figures; they are isolated from themselves and people around them. ...read more.

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