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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

by Tennessee Williams

Visions of America Theme

Through the presence of the African-American maids and field-hands and through the discussion of slavery, we are reminded of the horrors upon which the Pollitt household and, indeed, upon which much of America was built. The Pollitt plantation and household, which have amassed wealth and fertile land based with the benefit of slavery, are relics of America's dark past. Nearly a century after the Civil War, the plantation and family alike are degenerating.

Questions About Visions of America

  1. What role does the TV console play?
  2. How are African-Americans portrayed in the play?
  3. How is the Civil War discussed?
  4. What role do the radio and music serve in the play?

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