Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958 Film) Symbols, Allegory and Motifs

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958 Film) Symbols, Allegory and Motifs

Broken Leg

Brick has a broken leg throughout the film from an accident attempting to jump hurdles at the high school in order to reclaim his glory days. The broken leg is a symbol of Brick being a broken man, someone who is not whole inside of himself as a person.

Maggie the Cat

Maggie is referred to as The Cat in the film. Her nickname is a symbol of her relentless nature to claw her way into her desire of wealth so that she will never have to live the life of poverty she saw coming up.

Lean on Me

Brick asks Maggie for his crutch and instead of getting it for him she comes to him and asks him to lean on her. This is a symbol that she desires her husband to trust her, love her and to make love to her. He rejects her and thus it means that he wants nothing to do with her.

The Click

Brick drinks non-stop throughout the film. He does so in order to hear the "click" in his head. This drinking is a symbol of him pressing every terrible feeling down with the booze rather than dealing with it.

Empty Suitcase

Big Daddy shows Brick that all his father left him was an old suitcase and there was nothing of value in it for him. It is a symbol that Big Daddy is a man that believes in the necessity of money to be given from father to son, that it is the most important thing that can be passed down. The suitcase is also a symbol of Big Daddy's father's great love for him.

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