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The Repression of Sexuality within Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Bliss Modern western culture prides itself on progress and tolerance and the sexual revolution is a clear and unavoidable reminder of this In the media and in our lives sexual expression that a few decades ago would have been condemned is becoming more mainstream One cannot help but be bombarded by images of half-naked women and sexually provocative messages yet homosexuality is still an uneasy topic for most Issues such as gay marriages and gay rights occupy an uncomfortable spot in society today Although the acceptance of homosexuality has increased over the decades some problems that were present a century ago still exist today Therefore it is important that literature written decades ago about such sexual and social issues be discussed in the present The nature and the effects of pressure put on individuals to suppress homosexuality by society can be seen in Tennessee Williams Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Katherine Mansfields Bliss For Tennessee Williams homosexuality was the site of manifold contradictionhis own identity was articulated in the tension between secrecy and disclosure contradictions Savran Such is the case of his creation Brick the protagonist of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof whose sexual identity is not clearly defined within the text His actions however indicate a suppressed homoerotic love for his college friend Skipper One of the main indications of this is his treatment of his wife Brick seems uninterested in Margaret his wife who is described as beautiful 615 and the lust of other men630 He is constantly talking to her without interest616 absently 619 and indifferently 621 He is even indifferent to 621 sex with his wife which is normally a passionate act Furthermore his wife is constantly complaining of his lack of longing for her 621 and Brick instead of giving her attention repeatedly suggests that she take a lover 625 He is also
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