International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Research Paper | English Language and Literature | Turkiye | Volume 13 Issue 2, February 2024

1950s Women in Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Kanar Othman Omer Salihi

Abstract: This article delves into the resilient voices of women in 1950s America, as exemplified through the character of Maggie in Tennessee Williams' play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Positioned against the backdrop of postwar societal shifts, the study explores how Williams portrays the accomplishments of first - wave feminism through Maggie's voice. The narrative unfolds as Maggie, characterized as a "cat on a hot tin roof," articulates her resistance and assertiveness in demanding economic status, sexual satisfaction, and the autonomy to decide on motherhood. Through Maggie's character, Williams encapsulates the essence of the first wave of feminism, portraying the evolution and strength of women's voices during a transformative period in American history.

Keywords: First wave feminism, 1950s American women, resilient, Cat on a hot tin roof, Tennessee Williams

Edition: Volume 13 Issue 2, February 2024,

Pages: 309 - 311

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