Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Truth 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.
Uh—huh. Expecting death made me blind. I didn't have no idea that a son of mine was turning into a drunkard under my nose. (II.99.816-818)
Death's momentary release of Big Daddy gives Big Daddy perspective. Big Daddy's flirtation with death makes him want to hunt down the truth.
Think of all the lies I got to put up with! Ain't that mendacity? Having to pretend stuff you don't think or feel or have any idea of? Having for instance to act like I care for Big Mama!—I haven't been able to stand the sight, sound, or smell of that woman for forty years now!—even when I laid her! (II.108.996-1002)
Big Daddy is successful and wealthy, but his success and wealth are constructed out of the lies he tells Brick.
No!—It was too rare to be normal, any true thing between two people is too rare to be normal. (II.121.1271-1272)
The only true relationship in the play is a memory and no longer exists. Normal, accepted relationships are those built upon lies.