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Eddie and Catherine.

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Eddie and Catherine Catherine is a lively character who has limited experience in the world. That is until Rodolpho appears on the scene as a young Italian immigrant. Until that point she has been bound to Eddie and Beatrice. Catherine is eager to love and be loved. However, Catherine starts as a young na�ve and innocent person who grows up in the play into an independent woman who is becoming increasingly frustrated by Eddie's over-protective nature. Eddie Carbone is the protagonist of the play. He is forceful, hard working and possessive of Catherine. However, he does show generosity and warmth especially when Marco and Rodolpho come into the country. Eddie is a simple man who has little interests outside of work and family; he is too protective of Catherine always laying down laws for her and expecting her to obey him. ...read more.


Immediately she shows her eagerness to please when she says: "I'll get you a beer alright?" Beatrice later tells him that Catherine has a job. Eddie immediately reacts: "What job? She's gonna finish school." This shows Eddie's over protectiveness and this sets the tone for the rest of the play. This comment also shows Eddie wanting Catherine to remain as a child. (Beatrice remarks on this later) Eddie would most definitely have a very clear facial expression in which he would show his shock at hearing Catherine has a job and then quickly changing to a look that expresses his clear intentions not to be persuaded. Catherine just continues to lay the table as though nothing has happened although she might have a slight expression of disappointment across her face whilst doing so. ...read more.


The scene I have examined clearly shows the father/daughter relationship between Eddie and Catherine, whereas they are only uncle and niece; this is shown throughout the play, Eddie being reluctant to allow Catherine freedom and space and constantly wishing to dictate her future. In this scene there are signs of tension and friction being shown helps the audience anticipate the coming tragedy of Eddie's betrayal and murder. When the audience looks back on the play they will realise the seeds of conflict were sown very early on. Catherine finishes the play as an independent young woman now mature enough not to rely on Eddie. She almost in effect announces this when she calls him a rat and that he belongs in the sewers. Catherine has changed and grown up in the play and now does not need Eddie Carbone. ...read more.

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