Hot Tin Roof Comparison

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In the Heat of the Moment In many instances, there are often films adaptations influenced by a particular primary text. While some directors stay true to the author’s plot, others choose to use their own twists in order to comply to demand. Each of these works contain various parallels that are alike and differentiating. In Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams, the text revolves around Brick, an individual struggling with his own sexuality and overbearing family. As a result of this novel, Richard Brooks created his own adaption in order to make the words on the pages truly come alive. While Brooks’ film gives a subtle nod to the text in many ways, he is somewhat hesitant in his representation of the themes presented in the novel. Through…show more content…
During the novel, it is clear to see that Brick has a drinking issue. In order to cope with his own troubles, he turns to the bottle for comfort. This coping mechanism began after Skipper’s death, and Big Daddy confronts Brick for an answer to which he replies, “That’s the truth, Big Daddy. I’m alcoholic” (Williams 98). In the novel, we can see the strong connection between this father and son. This relationship is equally woven into Brooks’ work as he represents this duo throughout the later half of the film. Throughout these scenes, we see the two argue, embrace, and even become violent as Brick lunges toward Big Daddy with his crutch. Additionally, there is an omission throughout the novel as Maggie states, “Brick and I are going to—have a child” (158). Although this statement is not true, it is considered a plea of desperation to be considered for the inheritance. However, Big Daddy is not included in this scene alongside the rest of family. In contrast, the film shows Maggie announcing her pregnancy to the entire family. Through this, we can see the favoritism from both Big Daddy and Big Mama towards Brick and Maggie. As Big Daddy looks on with admiration, he exclaims, “Yes indeed. This girl has life in her body” (Brooks). This line carries multiple meanings that pertain to Maggie’s unique personality. Overall, it is clear to see that proclamations are used throughout both works that leave readers wondering what will occur
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