Close your eyes and picture yourself as a rich woman who has a beautiful physical appearance that can turn the heads of men and other women. Imagine yourself in the place of a woman who has everything she could ask for expect the love and acknowledgement from the person she loves and respect from his family. As a person, you would seek for that love, acknowledgment and respect. Even if you do have everything else, you still would not feel complete because you constantly long for the emotional and self-esteem needs that you are lacking. In Tennessee Williams’ play, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Margaret Pollitt is a woman who is living a fortunate life, but still lacks in emotional needs. Like any other person, Margaret also has her emotional needs from Brick and his family. Margaret acts the way she does because of the craving of attention she seeks, the loneliness that she feels, and the respect that she does not get from Brick’s family.
Margaret acts very clingy towards Brick because she is constantly craving for his attention that he never gives her. ‘“Maggie-what did you lock the door for? To give us a little privacy for a while,”’ (Williams 19). Margaret tries to get Brick alone and have some privacy any chance she can get. Brick has not slept with her for so long that she constantly tries to have some intimate time with him. Her bold moves show how desperate she is to have Brick’s attention, even if it would embarrass Brick and herself. Margaret knows that she has a beautiful face and a beautiful body shape. ‘“That woman of yours has a better shape on her than Gooper’s got on his woman,”’ (Williams 39). Many men, including Big Daddy, have shown their appreciation towards Margaret for her physical appearance. She cou...
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...u and me. Many people are not very fond of Margaret, but to understand her, try to put yourself in her shoes. Try putting yourself in a woman who has the beautiful face, the beautiful body, has a fortunate life, a woman who has everything. She has everything, but she does not receive attention from the one she loves, she constantly feels lonely because she does not receive the same amount of love she gives, and she does not get respect from the people surrounding her. Margaret is actually pitiful, but not a lot of people see that. They only see the clingy side of her towards Brick and how she has an attitude towards Mae and Gooper and their kids. By looking at what causes Margaret to act this way, it was easier to understand and accept why Margaret acts the way she does. Putting yourself in other people’s shoes really makes you understand and think the way they do.
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