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A guide to assist in the study of the play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams - providing background information and additional resources

Cat on a hot tin roof : Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams

Tennesee Williams

Playwright Tennessee Williams was born on March 26, 1911, in Columbus, Mississippi. After college, he moved to New Orleans, a city that would inspire much of his writing. Many of Williams' plays have been adapted to film.

Tennessee Williams was a Pulitzer prize-winning playwright whose works include - A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

 

Definition : Cat on a hot tin roof

In the play, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof the title is a metaphor. It refers to someone who is doing something that is hurting him/her physically or emotionally but he/she has to do it like a cat. A cat has to jump on hot tin roofs to get from one place to another quickly.

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