This week’s Wonder is-
SO, WHAT’S UP WITH THE STORY?
A sultry summer evening in the Pollitt house, the house of the richest cotton planter in all of the Mississippi delta, is the venue of Big Daddy Pollitt’s sixty-fifth birthday. Big Daddy is filthy rich and owns vast stretches of land. All seems perfect on the outside- loud celebrations, fireworks, and laughter. Like most things that seem flawless, nothing is right once we look below the surface. Big Daddy has cancer, but his family has told him it’s just a ‘spastic colon’.
His younger son Brick is struggling with alcoholism and coming to terms with his homosexuality. Brick’s wife, Maggie, is a nervous, tragically beautiful woman who longs relentlessly for Brick’s affection and sexual attention. Brick’s elder brother Gooper and his catty wife Mae are doing all they can to swing the writing of Big Daddy’s will into their favour. Big Mama, like a grotesque parallel of Maggie, suffers from Big Daddy’s cruel indifference.
How do all these problems get solved? Do they get resolved at all?
A GLIMPSE BETWEEN THE PAGES
“In all these years, you never believed I loved you. And I did. I did so much. I did love you. I even loved your hate and your hardness.”
“I’m not living with you. We occupy the same cage.”
“Oh you weak people, you weak, beautiful people! – who give up. What you want is someone to – take hold of you. Gently, gently, with love! And I do love you, Brick, I do!”
“This is a deliberate campaign of vilification for the most disgusting and sordid reason on earth, and I know what it is! It’s avarice, avarice, greed, greed!”
“Do you know why she’s childless? She’s childless because that big beautiful athlete husband of hers won’t go to bed with her!”
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT
- I’m a reader who’s used to reading plain prose. To read drama, with dialogues and stage notes, is very refreshing.
- Cat is a play that is simply saturated with emotions. To the inexperienced booklover, this may be overwhelming, but I love it nonetheless.
- It’s so easy to fall in love with Maggie. Heart-breakingly beautiful, envious, and lonely, Margaret captures our imagination from the very beginning of the play. Tragically represented as the woman who constantly poses in a mirror, scathing and bitchy, Maggie is a character that is impossible to dismiss.
- Cat casts a light on various interesting issues- the most arresting of which is homosexuality and its perception by the people in the play. Brick’s denial and Maggie’s acceptance both speak volumes about this topic. They are an insight into William’s own life.
- The end of the story is open to interpretation and raises a lot of questions and speculations. Let’s leave it at that.
I hope you enjoyed the review! Please let me know your views in the comments.