Hot Tin Roof - Katie Davidson Professor Nolan HE 112V 11...

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Katie Davidson Professor Nolan HE 112V 11 November 2009 Mendacity the System in Which Men Live According to American writer Richard Bach, “The worst lies are the lies we tell ourselves.” Many of Tennessee Williams’s plays focus on the “lies we tell ourselves” or false reality. Williams shows his audiences how lies lead to his characters’ destruction. In a Cat on a Hot Tin Roof , the Pollitt family lies to each other and themselves using personal gain as a motive. Brick, the Pollitt son, leads a hollow life because he tells lies to himself to keep up appearances. His actions express the play’s central theme: the tension between the lies people tell to themselves and the truth. In the Pollitt household, the truth is not expressed easily. The characters are a rogue’s gallery of liars. Each has an ulterior motive behind his or her actions. Gooper and Mae pretend to be the dutiful son and daughter-in-law in order to attain the rights to Big Daddy’s dynasty. Big Mama hides behind the illusion that Big Daddy loves her in return. Big Daddy is disgusted with all his lies he has told over the years, like loving his family. Even Maggie, the most straightforward character, lies about her pregnancy for monetary gain. Brick is an alcoholic who
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This note was uploaded on 02/08/2010 for the course MATH SM212 taught by Professor Jones during the Spring '10 term at UPR Humacao.

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