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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Tennessee Williams

Important Quotations Explained

Quotes Important Quotations Explained

You look so cool, so cool, so enviably cool.

Maggie mournfully remarks on Brick's inaccessibility in Act I. The favorite son and longed-for lover, Brick possesses the charm of those who have given up and assumed a pose of indifference before the world. Brick embodies an almost archetypal masculinity, that of the self-possessed, self-contained, untouchable, and phallically intact man. Before this indifferent "block," characters find themselves in the throes of desire (Maggie, Mama) or state of aggression (Daddy). Against "Brick" of a man, Maggie appears the hysterical, dissatisfied woman, prostrate before a man who refuses to recognize her desire.