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Is Big Daddy Gay?

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Is Big Daddy Gay?#26
Posted: 1/5/13 at 10:09pm
I think Brick's sexuality should be left somewhat ambiguous--but I really don't agree at all that if he is gay that makes Maggie's final speech (and I'm not sure which version of her speech you mean, so maybe that plays a part), foolish.
Is Big Daddy Gay?#27
Posted: 1/6/13 at 5:19pm
I always thought it was a given that Brick was a closeted or repressed gay man, perhaps even in the closet to himself. It's even implied in the film version.
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Is Big Daddy Gay?#28
Posted: 1/7/13 at 9:18am

Brick compartmentalizes. His sexual attraction for Maggie, now dissipated by guilt, never completely fulfilled him. The question at the end - could it if he'd allow himself to fully love her? Mistrust of Maggie , feeling misunderstood by her, and poor role modeling in his parental relationship come in to play in defining the limits of his marriage, and underscore his disgust with himself and life.

His love for Skipper, now corrupted by guilt, wasn't, for him, sexual. Either because he just wouldn't allow it to be, or because he wasn't sexually interested. I tend to think the latter.

Like Stella, he's the dualistic battlefield on which eroticism and the spirit play out, and the big battle was when the two people he's torn between end up in bed. Of course in Cat, this is backstory, and unconsummated. In Streetcar, it's climactic and rape. Just as Stanley and Blanche wage war over Stella, Maggie and Skipper wage war over Brick. The ultimate battle is when the two sides meet in bed.

Big Daddy may be just as compartmentalized as Brick but it doesn't disgust him. He accepts himself and life's complexities.

Like many heterosexual men, Big Daddy may have had sex with men in his life. Brick didn't. Brick wouldn't. Perhaps Big Daddy did (but it was not defining of his sexuality). Big Daddy's relative open-mindedness and ability to work for gay men don't answer the question whether he ever had gay sex (and how would it matter if he had?). In any event, both characters are heterosexual.

Updated On: 1/7/13 at 09:18 AM