crutch can take on several symbolic meanings. One explanation is that the crutch represents Brick’s dependency on alcohol; he relies heavily on both items to “maneuver” through the play. He also uses the crutch to throw up a defense against Margaret
in the first scene, wielding it like a weapon—just like he uses alcohol as a defense against family, drinking to escape the family’s confrontations. The crutch can also symbolize Brick’s nostalgia and longing for the past, since he acquired his injury while jumping hurdles on a high school track field. Finally, critics have also noted that Brick’s crutch represents his sexual power or lack thereof, in the moments when Margaret and Big Daddy
take his crutch away or threaten to.