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An inspector calls - Character assessment - "Beatrice was a weak wife who could have done more".|

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"Beatrice was a weak wife who could have done more" I strongly disagree that Beatrice was a weak wife and I think that she did the best that she could have done in the circumstances. Beatrice was a typical nineteen forty's housewife who's responsibilities were to look after the home and her family she does this well as she is very caring about her family. This is seen at the beginning of the play as she is looking forward to her cousins arriving it is also visible that Beatrice is extremely house proud as she is concerned about 'washing the walls', 'waxing the floor' and how she has 'nothin' to eat for them'. However Beatrice is a lot more presumptuous than most housewives would be. Beatrice is firstly revealed to be much stronger that you would expect a woman in this play to be when she uses effective persuasive techniques to convince Eddie her cousins should stay at their home. Beatrice says 'I'm just afraid if it don't turn out good you'll be mad at me' this makes Eddie feel guilty and he replies ' then what the hell' this proves that Beatrice is loving but tactile. ...read more.


Beatrice is clearly pleased when Catherine takes a liking to Rodolfo and defends them to Eddie. She says Rodolfo 'didn't drag her off' and that 'well, you said the movie ended late, didn't you' when Eddie is very inquisitive over Catherine and Rodolfo going to the cinema. He tries to find excuses for them not to go out again but Beatrice continuously takes Rodolfo and Catherine's side. Beatrice does not realise at first why Eddie wants to box Rodolfo and encourages him saying 'go ahead, he's a good boxer he could teach you', when she senses there is something wrong she tries to cover it by commenting on how 'very good' Rodolfo is. However, she is very concerned when Rodolfo feints and tells Eddie 'that's enough'. By the second act Beatrice is very despaired and she warily tells Eddie she has' moved them upstairs' meaning Catherine and Rodolfo this is yet again another attempt to break the inexorable events. Beatrice tells Eddie she ' wish's she'd drop dead before she told them to come' this is her trying to make Eddie understand how she feels and she wishes she had never asked her cousins to come because that is what mainly started all of the problems or made them evident. ...read more.


In a last ditch attempt to end the events Beatrice says' you want something else and you'll never have her'. Everyone is shocked and in horror by the statement but Beatrice insists ' I'm telling you the truth'. When Marco arrives Beatrice quickly tells Eddie to go inside and when the argument is started both Beatrice and Catherine plead for Eddie to stop. However before he dies, eddies last words are 'My B'. All of these actions prove that Beatrice tried everything to prevent the inevitable. This included being persuasive, talking to and confronting both Catherine and Eddie, pushing Catherine and Rodolfo to leave and most importantly she is always used as a peacemaker and go-between Catherine and Eddie. Beatrice is a very strong woman who would not have stayed with Eddie if she did not love him. It is immediately noticeable that Beatrice is aware of the deep and disturbing protectiveness that Eddie has over Catherine, she is unhappy with this and it later becomes know that there are much more intense problems in her relationship with Eddie. Beatrice has 'other worries' about 'when she is going to be a wife again' which suggest the breakdown of their sexual relationship. Beatrice is a strong woman who attempted all things to try and end the unavoidable conclusion of the play. ...read more.

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