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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 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.

Quote #1

Hell, do they ever know it? Nobody says, "You're dying." You have to fool them. They have to fool themselves.(I.25-26)

Maggie seems to be the master of manipulation. She seems to know what it takes to get through ordeals: this, according to her, is achieved by swimming in denial.

Quote #2

But tonight they're going to tell her the truth about it. When Big Daddy goes to bed, they're going to tell her that he is dying of cancer […] –it's malignant and it's terminal. (I.819-823)

It's interesting that they don't tell Big Daddy the truth right away. Everyone wants to put on a good show before he hears the news.

Quote #3

Yes, I made my mistake when I told you the truth about that thing with Skipper. Never should have confessed it, a fatal error, tellin' you about that thing with Skipper. (I.919-922)

Maggie again seems to feel like truth-telling is a destructive thing, and far worse than lying.

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