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Surname 1Student’s NameProfessor’s NameCourseDateCat on a hot tin roofThe play's main theme is mendacity, which acts as a form of refrain for the characters. They decide to deal with the lies they have been told and those they have told for various reasons. These include to protect themselves and their loved ones, to hide their face in a southerncommunity where appearance is everything, and for the sake of their selfish motives. For instance, according to Brick, he drinks to keep off from lies and deception, but there is no way torun away from the Pollitt family's falsehood. He lies to himself concerning his relationship's nature with Skipper and involvement in the death and destruction of Skipper. On the other hand, Maggie tries to reconcile herself to her marriage's tenuous state by lying about the state of her union with Brick. These lies are used by the characters to show how a lie can make one have twoor three personalities depending on the situation.