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    Explore the significance of the title of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    These included homosexuality, dynasty/money, dreams, alcohol problems, and strong women. The title Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is significant because it expresses the emotions of people in America using images so that people nowadays can understand what they felt like. Maggie and Mae both want Big Daddy's money and are cunningly, "squaring off on it, each other determined to knock off a bigger piece of it than the other" (p.56) as Brick put it. They are playing a game that is dangerous but they play it because the end result is Big Daddy's inheritance. Mae asked Maggie, "Why are you so catty?" and Maggie replied, "cause I'm a cat!"

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  2. systematic framework analysis

    Despite this, there are certain words which provide subtle hints towards the writer's stance on the situation. For example, pre-head modifiers such as "bloodless military coup" place emphasis on the fact that the army was indeed responsible for the impromptu revolution, however it was carried out peacefully, without violence or aggression. From as early as the first paragraph, many readers may take the side of the revolutionaries after subconsciously taking this into account. Williams goes on to narrate further the events, still writing to inform, with occasional choice-adjectives which help to demonstrate which side he has taken.

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  3. Cat on a hot tin roof - dramatic significance - Act 2

    Brick finally admits that he is drunk, "that's the truth Big Daddy. I'm a alcoholic." By all this drinking Brick doesn't face up to his problems and really doesn't care about anything. He feels scared and afraid to face up to his problems and according to Big Daddy, he always "passes the buck." The only way Big Daddy can make Brick open up to him is through a bargain. "You tell me why you drink and I'll hand you one." Brick finally admits that he had started drinking through "mendacity." Brick had felt betrayed by the lies and the mendacity people had given him.

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  4. Form and Structure in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    . There's more shouting more rushing around; the conversation's fast, as they're all looking for Big Mama. The most important way to show that there's continuous action is that there are no scenes. There are no cuts in acts. There's always something going on on the stage. There's lots of action. Violent action, loving action, s****l action, and Williams has made different characters react differently, as if they were people. In terms of Juxtaposition there's a combination of characters, emotions, meaning's and themes. There's a contrast of acts and what they bring to the play. Act One shows the differences between the three couples, and what Mae and Gooper's real intentions are.

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  5. We shall now attempt to explain the three main parts of a dream in reverse to the order in which they occur in the mind, but in the order that we become consciously aware of them. The Manifest dream

    The reason behind the generally held view that dreams are invariably wish fulfillments is that dreams come from, and are products of the Unconscious. Which at its core has no other aim than the fulfillment of wishes" (Nagera, 1990). We shall now attempt to explain the three main parts of a dream in reverse to the order in which they occur in the mind, but in the order that we become consciously aware of them. The Manifest dream is the culmination of the processes brought to bear on the latent contents of the dream by the dream work.

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  6. To what extent is the play "A Streetcar Named Desire" the tragedy of Blanche?

    Stanley is an American of Polish extraction, a modern, rough, working class man who distrusts and dislikes Blanche from the outset. The admirable qualities Blanche displays of eloquence and education (Blanche is a teacher of literature) are to him an affectation and an annoyance. Blanche also tells of her admirable qualities herself, in scene ten, saying that she is "cultivated, and of intelligence and breeding". Stella also points out more of them whilst talking to Stanley, telling him that Blanche as a child, was both tender and trusting.

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  7. Is Williams right in thinking that equality requires us to have a 'relevant reason' every time people are treated differently?

    The distribution of goods is based upon two different inequalities: inequality of need and inequality of merit. It is easy to see that distribution of goods according to need is pretty simple, as it is based on the satisfaction of the existing desire. The more needy should have priority of access to the good in question (for example medical treatment) rather than people who don't need it. A problem here arises when two (or more) people have the same need, but they don't have the same necessary conditions to satisfy that need; in Williams' example of medical treatment it would be the possession of sufficient money.

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  8. The Blanche/Stanley Conflict in Scenes I - IV of "A Streetcar Named Desire". What is the nature of the conflict between Stanley and Blanche, and how is it represented?

    So, there is the conflict for Stella's love, and the conflict of each wishing to be better than the other. In scene one, it begins to become obvious that Blanche is jealous of Stella's love for Stanley, and also vice versa, in that Stanley is unused to having to compete for his wife's attention. Blanche tells Stella at every opportunity that Stanley is "not good enough" for her, through subtle and not so subtle words. "Oh, I guess he's just not the type that goes for Jasmine perfume" - inferring that Stanley is unable to appreciate the finer things in life.

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  9. Is it true to say that women dominate men in Hobson's Choice? Why is this significant in the context of the play? Give examples to support your view.

    I'm not a fool" Hobson also does not want his daughters to marry if it means paying settlements. "From the moment you breathed the word 'settlements' it was dead off" Hobson is a drunk who spends the earnings of his boot shop on drink every lunchtime and at every other available opportunity. He has become an alcoholic. Even at the beginning of the play, it is not fair to say that the men dominated the women, because they ran both the house and business without any financial or moral support from their father. To some extend even Hobson's life was run for him by his daughters.

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  10. In Act 1, Maggie says, " I'm not living with you, we occupy the same cage

    He embodies an almost archetypal masculinity, that of the self-possessed, self-contained, and untouchable man. However at the same time, Brick is an obviously broken man. Turning from his h********l desire for his dead friend Skipper, Brick has depressively withdrawn from the world behind a screen of liquor. He is reduced to the daily, mechanical search for his click that gives him peace. He chooses to locate himself on the far side of the family drama. Brick's feelings are materialised in his injury, a broken ankle incurred while jumping hurdles on the high school athletic field.

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  11. An Essay on "The Red Wheelbarrow" by William Carlos Williams.

    The "red wheelbarrow" is an austere-colored, man-made object used to carry heavy loads too burdensome for the human body. The color red in literature usually connotes something harsh and shocking, intense and rough. The brightness of the color made the wheelbarrow so noticeable that it took Williams until the very last stanza of the poem to notice the chickens moving around it. The entire phrase, "so much depends upon a red wheelbarrow" sets a tone of stiff tone of dependence, which is later changed in the poem starting in the third stanza. The reader reads that the "red wheelbarrow" is actually "glazed with rain water", and suddenly there is a newfound sparkle in the poem.

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  12. Historical, Social and Cultural context of Tennessee Williams on 'A Streetcar Named Desire'.

    Tragically on 24th February 1983, Tennessee Williams died, after choking on one of his barbiturates. Historical - ? Although Tennessee lived through as many people would say, life-altering events, such as the American Civil War, and World War II, he failed to mention them in any of his plays. This may emphasise Tennessee's ability to distance himself from reality when writing. ? In the American Civil War, the southern states tried and failed to oppose from the Union in order to preserve their 'state rights'. Especially their slavery system which was giving many a reliable income, as this was what their cotton, and tobacco industries were relying on.

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  13. "The purpose of the artist... is to take the life which he sees and raise it, raise it up to an elevated position where it has dignity." To what extent has Williams succeeded in applying this principle to his own poetry?

    Williams employs a similar strategy for his poetry. For Duchamp the art was in arranging the urinal. Certainly in 'This is Just to Say' but to a lesser extent other poems such as 'The descent' the 'art' is, at least in part, similarly created by arranging the words of an otherwise normal statement in a particular way. He often uses the form and the typography to enhance his subject matter, and imitate the life he is raising, for example, in 'The Descent' the writing literally descends down the page, "World lost, a world unsuspected, beckons to new places" The remains

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  14. To what extent is, in terms of both style and theme, is 'Spring and all' characteristic of Williams' poetry, and in what ways does it represent a particularly modernistic treatment of the subject?

    The phrase directly before this line, "it quickens" is intriguing. It suggests the process is active and self-directing, as Donald. W, Markos suggests. Further it suggests thoughtful decisions, 'enforced' by nature, rather than a so-called 'natural' occurrence, which is precisely what we are primarily discussing. This brings me to the conclusion that Williams is not simply discussing emergence, change and growth in nature after a long winter. Less explicitly, he also talks about these features emerging in the arts at the time.

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  15. 'This apparently simple play gains complexity from the use of a variety of dramatic effects, in particular recurrent sounds and visual images' - using at least three points in the play identify how this intensifies the impact on the audience in each case

    the directorial skills of Alfred Hitchcock, 'arguable subtle connections, but nobody can say the play's conversion into cine tape wasn't smooth' and, to a large extent, kept to Williams's ideal. But the purpose of these effects is what this essay is about and there is a distinct value to them in those terms. To study this text as a text, as words, is to study it in a way that Williams didn't intend. It is something to be seen. The idea of a gain in complexity suggests that simplicity is expressed in the relative calmness and clarity of the initial scenes, this is evident.

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  16. Compare the Two Act Three's in Tennessee Williams' Cat On a Hot Tin Roof.

    However, it is usual of Tennessee Williams' style to leave the endings of his plays quite undefined. This is seen in The Glass Menagerie, Laura is left unmarried and Tom leaves the family. Act Thee (Broadway Version) is a very classical ending, we can understand that Tennessee Williams wrote the first as a writer and the second as a potential viewer. There is great irony in the Original Act Three, Big Mamma states "Big Daddy...loves his family, he loves to have them around him."

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  17. Sun Vampires

    Understanding your readership is vital in any form of journalism. What is the writer trying to do or say to the reader? She leaves us in no doubt here. Sunbeds are dangerous and those who use them are vain and stupid. Those who supply the habit are exploitative. How does the writer achieve her purpose? 1. The message is serious but the tone is generally relatively light-hearted. There are times, though, when the mood changes: the evidence supplied by Jane Horwood is bleak, and that provided by the medical expert is uncompromising.

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