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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

  

by Tennessee Williams

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Drugs and Alcohol Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Act.Page.Line). Every time a character talks counts as one line, even if what they say turns into a long monologue. We used the New Directions edition of the play, published in 1971.

Quote #10

Anyhow now!—we have tracked down the lie with which you're disgusted and which you are drinking to kill your disgust with, Brick. […] This disgust with mendacity is disgust with yourself. (II.124.1366-1369)

Is Brick really trying to kill his disgust by drinking, though? He seems to be simply numbing his disgust. If we follow Big Daddy's logic here, Brick's drinking habit takes a masochistic turn. He drinks both to quell his warring mind and to punish himself for the lies he's fueled and sustained.

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