Cat on a Hot Tin Roof | Study Guide

Tennessee Williams

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof | Act Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • Summer, late afternoon

    Maggie joins Brick in the bedroom to change after the birthday dinner for Big Daddy.

    Act 1
  • Minutes later

    Maggie talks to Brick about Gooper and Mae's desire to get control of the estate from Big Daddy.

    Act 1
  • Minutes later

    Maggie talks to Brick about her sexual frustration with Brick.

    Act 1
  • Minutes later

    Big Mama says Big Daddy doesn't have cancer and leaves; Maggie says the doctors lied.

    Act 1
  • Minutes later, dusk

    Maggie says she had sex with Skipper, who was trying to prove he wasn't gay.

    Act 1
  • Minutes later

    Brick accuses Maggie of claiming he and Skipper had a homosexual relationship.

    Act 1
  • Minutes later

    Big Mama, Gooper, Mae, and others join Maggie and Brick to celebrate Big Daddy's birthday.

    Act 2
  • Minutes later, night

    Big Daddy, thinking he doesn't have cancer, kicks out all the party guests except Brick.

    Act 2
  • Minutes later

    Big Daddy, unsure about whom to leave his estate to, interrogates Brick about his drinking.

    Act 2
  • Minutes later

    Brick is disgusted about other people lying; Big Daddy says he has dealt with lying all his life.

    Act 2
  • Minutes later

    Big Daddy suggests Skipper and Brick had a homosexual relationship.

    Act 2
  • Minutes later

    Shocked, Brick claims he just had a close friendship with Skipper.

    Act 2
  • Minutes later

    Brick tells Big Daddy that he really does have cancer; Big Daddy leaves in shock.

    Act 2
  • Minutes later

    Gooper and Mae make Doctor Baugh tell Big Mama that Big Daddy has cancer.

    Act 3
  • Minutes later

    Gooper tries to make Big Mama give him and Mae control of the estate.

    Act 3
  • Minutes later

    Maggie says she's pregnant; Big Daddy seems ready to leave his estate to Brick.

    Act 3
  • Minutes later

    Mae accuses Maggie of lying about being pregnant and leaves with Gooper.

    Act 3
  • Minutes later

    Wanting to make her lie true, Maggie tells Brick he can drink after he has sex with her.

    Act 3

Act Summaries Chart

Act Summary
Notes for the Designer Before Act 1 of the script, the playwright provides a detailed description of the setting: the "bed-sitting-room of a pl... Read More
Act 1 In a bedroom, Brick Pollitt takes a shower as Maggie Pollitt complains about "no-neck monsters" hitting her with a biscu... Read More
Act 2 The play's action is continuous from Act 1 to Act 2. Big Daddy, Gooper, Mae, and Reverend Tooker join Brick and Maggie i... Read More
Act 3 The play's action is continuous from Act 2 to Act 3. Big Daddy leaves the room, yelling "ALL—LYIN'—DYIN'—LIARS! LIARS! L... Read More
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