The recent death of Paul Newman has brought back to life a renewed interest in the character roles he performed during his long career as film star. This discussion includes Newman's role as Brick Pollitt, the son of "Big Daddy Pollitt" in the play, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" by Tennessee Williams. A winner of a Pulitzer Prize, this play shows the dynamic life of one southern family as it struggles with the clashing viewpoints of life, death, and role of "mendacity," a word used throughout the play by Brick. This play moves through one scene into the next at a clip pace and the reader is pulled into the action of the play as members of the Pollitt family begin their roller coaster ride of emotions during the evening of "Big Daddy's" birthday.
A key focus of the play develops when Brick and Maggie start arguing about Brick's refusal to join in the family celebration. Through the character of Brick, Williams explores the role of mendacity in life, and brings into focus issues about 'correct' social behavior Thanks to the powerful performance by Paul Newman and other famous members of the cast, including Elizabeth Taylor and Burl Ives, a new generation has learned of the magic and brilliance of Tennessee Williams play.
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