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The dominant morality in Tennessee Williams Cat on a Hot Tin Roof can not be discussed in terms of a single easy-to-understand theme Rather I detected a number of disturbing themes in this play which unfortunately also seem to be present in our modern society These themes explain much of the behavior we see today both in our elected officials and in our own private lives They include the willingness to engage in back-stabbing and flattery to get what we want the attempt to escape reality by indulging in alcohol and drugs the tendency for married couples to remaining together in meaningless or even violent relationships and the tendency of people who become materially wealthy to turn into total jackasses One of the most obvious moral conflicts in Cat on a Hot Tin roof is visible in the campaign by Gooper and Mae to gain the favor of Big Daddy while at the same time discrediting Brick and Margaret They try to twist the facts in order to portray themselves to Big Daddy as the most qualified heirs for the inheritance For instance they try to imply that just because they have five children with a sixth on the way they are therefore responsible family people who will take good care of the plantation At the same time they cleverly argue that because Brick and Margaret have no children they would not be responsible in managing a large estate Gooper and Mae act as a public relations team flattering Big Daddy while tearing down their competitors at every opportunity The excel in back-stabbing and flattery yet they are always careful to maintain the appearance of being polite and civilized To a lesser extent we also see the same theme of hypocritical behavior on the part of Reverend Tooker and Doctor Baugh both of whom engage in flattering Big Daddy in the hopes that he will include them in
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