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1 Study Aids for CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF By Tennessee Williams

2 Table of Contents: Synopsis 4 Part One: Drama: A short introduction 4 Part Two: Tennessee Williams: A biography

3 Table of Contents: Part One 4 Drama: A short introduction –Classification –Definition –The concept of Aristotles –The Shakespearean drama –20th century drama –Important dramatists after 1945

4 Classification 3 genres lyricepicdrama poemnovelplay includes:

5 Definition 4 Drama = work meant to be performed on stage by actors

6 The Concept of Aristotle ( BC) Unity of : time place action Distinction : Division of plot into acts

7 The Shakespearean drama 4 Blurring of the strict conventions of the Greek drama: comic elements in tragedies (f.e. drunk porter in Macbeth) tragic elements in comedies (f.e. faked death of the heroine in Much ado about nothing) some tragedies are set in bourgeoisie (f.e. Romeo and Juliet)

8 20th century drama 4 The drama in the 20th century distinguishes itself by an increasing diversification

9 20th century drama 4 realistic „kitchen sink“ drama: 4 set in working class, contains social criticism (f.e. George Bernard Shaw: Pygmalion)

10 20th century drama 4 absurd drama: 4 surrealistic plot (f.e. Samuel Beckett: Waiting for Godot)

11 20th century drama 4 After 1945: increasing individualism of the dramatists.

12 Important Dramatists after Edward Albee 4 (Who‘s afraid of Virginia Woolf)

13 Important Dramatists after Arthur Miller 4 (Death of a Salesman) He was married to Marilyn Monroe !

14 Important Dramatists after Harold Pinter 4 (Look Back in Anger)

15 Important Dramatists after Sam Shepard 4 (True West) He is also a famous actor (f. e. The Pelican Brief with Julia Roberts) GOOD LOOKING !

16 Important Dramatists after Thornton Wilder 4 (Our Town)

17 Important Dramatists after and of course Tennessee Williams !

18 Table of Contents: Part Two 4 Tennessee Williams - A biography –childhood –university years –his success –his decline

19 His childhood 4 March 16, 1911: Tennessee Williams is born as Thomas Lanier Williams in Columbus, Mississippi : grows up in Clarksdale, Mississippi 1918: familiy moves to St Louis

20 University years : Enters University of Missouri 1931: Leaves university because his father wants him to work in a shoe company 1938: Graduates from University of Iowa 1937: parents admit his sister Rose to a lunatic asylum

21 His success : Wins his first prizes for American Blue and Battle of Angels : outs himself as a homosexual

22 His success : writes his most famous plays 1944: The Glass Menagerie 1947: A Streetcar Named Desire 1955: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Hot!Hot!HOT!

23 His decline 4 Lack of success causes phases of depression 4 death of his longtime companion in increasing addiction to alcohol and pills Feb 25, 1983: dies in a hotel room as a result of his addiction


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