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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof


by Tennessee Williams

Maggie's Diana Archery Trophy

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Diana is the goddess of the hunt and of the moon. Hmm...do we know any hunters in this play? Aha! There certainly are some treasure hunters. What the hay do you think Maggie, Gooper, and Mae are doing all day long? Shooting the breeze at the Pollitt mansion just for kicks? No way. They are each hunting Big Daddy's fortune. When Mae delivers Maggie her trophy, asking her to keep it well out of reach of the kiddies because of the danger it presents, Maggie says, "Why, Sister Woman—that's my Diana Trophy. Won it at the intercollegiate archery contest on the Ole Miss campus" (I.36:461-462), and in this way, Maggie is instantly associated with Diana, goddess of the hunt; she is thus the favored poacher in the play, graced with a divine association.

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