Homosexual Theme in Tennessee William's Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

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Homosexual Theme in Tennessee William's Cat On A Hot Tin Roof In his essay "Come back to the Locker Room Ag'in, Brick Honey!" Mark Royden Winchell discusses several aspects of the homosexual theme in Tennessee William's play Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. Winchell describes the play as subversive because it casts doubt onto the innocence of male companionship, the two most tolerant characters are the most overtly heterosexual characters, and homosexuality is depicted as a personal rather than social or political problem, despite the time period of this play. I think that Winchell is correct in all these thoughts, but what I want to know is what was Williams' approach, and that is never answered. In Cat On A Hot Tin Roof Williams goes out of his way to question whether a very close male friendship can be purely and completely innocent. Winchell discusses this idea throughout his essay, but never gets to the simple point that literature up until the time of this play may have questioned the innocence of a female companionship, although even this was rarely overt, but,li...

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