According to popular legend, playwright Tennessee Williams underwent psychoanalysis in 1957 to "cure" his homosexuality and the play Suddenly Last Summer was the result. Catherine referring to herself in the third person told Dr.
As if they'd torn bits of him away and stuffed them in their own gobbling mouths! The inclusion of a negatively portrayed homosexual is hardly proof of this; Williams' fiction is populated with far more grotesque examples of hetero sexuals.
Using people? This does not invalidate her account per se , only her professed viewpoint. Violet and Sebastian.
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There is something creepy about all of this and its not just the overdone prehistoric setting. Venable was now urging to "cut the truth" out of Catherine's brain to silence her "lies" about her son.
The playwright was away at school when this happened, in 1937, and he never forgave his parents for the violence done to his sister. He was to seek the truth, treat and interview her traumatized niece Catherine, and determine whether more drastic measures were necessary. Michael Martin March 10, 2015 at 2: This essay is intended to rescue Williams from these charges and also to closely examine one of his most evocative and challenging works. I said, 'I can't wear that.
That Williams felt the need to express his own views so sinuously, turning Catharine into an unlikely and unwilling poet, appears to illustrate his ambivalent position regarding the absence of separation between art and life: In a way, Suddenly Last Summer represents the dramatic equivalent to the flippant rhetorical question meant to deflect further investigation into a delicate matter. This was partially the result of a very Puritan upbringing.
Not as a pis aller , but as a creative spur, because the framing possibilities can shift, vary, and combine in a number of manners.Spotlight Theatre presents "Suddenly Last Summer" Aug 27 - Sept 24
Catherine's image of her cousin Sebastian differs greatly from the idealized rantings of his mother. Elizabeth Taylor uncredited Lily Payne... A lobotomy would excise her memory of a past troubling incident and prevent mad ravings from occurring.
This is inaccurate; the truth is much more complicated than that and will be discussed in more detail below.