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They stepped through the doors and out of the public eye. They entered a different almost fairytale land which suggested eons of fun. They swaggered up to the check-in and there was no need for words, "Williams, Superior suite" said the neat check in girl. Almost immediately they began climbing the grand marble staircase right to the top. The manager showed them through huge double doors into a room fit for a king, but the Williams didn't comment. "I'll leave you to it sir" said the manager. Mr Williams didn't reply, but the manager left hardly surprised.
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However, it can be claimed that Gooper, along with his partner Mae is really motivated the prospect of financial prosperity. Both he and Mae appear to be loyal and complaint to Big Mama and Big Daddy. Yet, despite the fact that Gooper has achieved all that society has asked of him, he remains unable to please his father, who seems to prefer Bricks company to his. Furthermore, the main link between the two is the fact that neither will let the other embrace their illusions that society has imposed upon them.
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The fire escape present in Amanda's small apartment of St Louis, constantly promises the chance of escape to Tom. His mother lives in the past and has fond memories of her time in the old south, however as society changes Amanda finds it hard to fit in. The fact that Amanda's husband does not support her family means that she has to find another source of income and because of this a lot of pressure is placed on Tom. As Amanda is unhappy with her low statues lifestyle she takes a lot of anger out on Tom, accusing him of being 'selfish' and a 'liar.'
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Symbolism plays an important role in Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman". This essay will compare and contrast the role of symbolism in these plays.
Brick's crutch may also be seen as a manifestation of his dependence on alcohol. Lastly, in a showdown between father and son in Act II, Big Daddy attempts to make Brick face the desire that confronts him and as Brick tries to escape, wrenches the crutch away from him. One can thus see that the crutch may also be seen as a phallic symbol, and it's removal by Big Daddy may symbolise the loss of Brick's manliness due to his insecurity about his sexuality.
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However this has no effect, as not only are Brick's replies short and emotionless, they are pernickety, and force Maggie to explain and justify everything. More than often Brick answers with pointless expressions such as "why d'ya?" or "Don't they?" which frustrates Maggie even more causing her sometimes to snap at Brick. In the first act we meet Margaret Pollitt, the wife of Brick. Maggie through her beauty and her wit has managed to escape a childhood of desperate poverty to marry into the wealthy Pollitt family, but finds herself suffering in an unfulfilling marriage.
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William's took it upon himself to establish dreams and failure within each character to signify this. The play became appealing because of this as people were able to sympathise and relate with the characters as they had received the same failure and rejection. Jim had a passion for success, back in school he was the most likely to succeed to a high level. "I was bound to succeed in anything I went into." It became clearly evident his dream never became a reality. Williams wanted to emphasise this point to gather interest from those who had received similar disappointment as Jim.
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He sang regulary on the radio station WHO stationed in Des Moines, Iowa, and since then his singing career has spiralled. He is still performing today, singing six days a night in his Moon River Theatre from April to December.
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He has no sense of time and is emotionally troubled my familiar smells ands sights. It is in his mind that we get the first perspective of the Compson family decline. The section starts off in the present form with Luster, Benjy's caretaker throughout his adult life, is looking for a quarter to go to the circus. We are told that Benjy can see them 'hitting'.
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