Study Guide

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Memory and the Past

By Tennessee Williams

Memory and the Past

In Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, we hear several characters retell the past, leaving us with several versions of a story. In this way, we see how memory is a creative process, and that the truth of a matter is never fully captured.

Questions About Memory and the Past

  1. What memories are recounted in the play?
  2. Do any characters remember the same thing or event, and, if so, how do their memories differ?
  3. What role does the past play in Cat?
  4. Are memories good things?

Chew on This

Retelling memories is a creative process in Cat.

Recounting a memory in Cat is very different from confessing a truth.