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The presentation of Catherine and Beatrice in Arthur Millers A view from the Bridge, is extremely significant to the progression of the plot.

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Catherine and Beatrice The presentation of Catherine and Beatrice in Arthur Miller’s ‘A view from the Bridge’, is extremely significant to the progression of the plot. Catherine is presented to the audience as being, young, naïve, and at a stage in her life where she is just entering womanhood. Beatrice, on the other hand, is house-proud, assertive when necessary and incredibly loyal. The two main female figures in the play, and their development of character, aids and fuels the plots progression- leading to Eddie’s downfall. Early on in the play, it becomes obvious that Catherine is very affectionate towards Eddie, with Eddie naturally having assumed a protective role. The warm and affectionate scene where Catherine lights the cigar, has an obvious phallic meaning and from here the audience start to understand Eddie. Catherine is very emotional, taking everything anyone says to heart, as shown when Eddie rapidly destroys any hopes Catherine may have had about starting a job. Despite the fact that at this point, Eddie’s feelings for Catherine are shown to be only that of a loving father, later on in the play Catherine becomes a clear love interest. ...read more.

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being asked if he likes sugar, Rodolfo teasingly replies ‘I like sugar very much.’ Another example of this is her exclamation of ‘teach me, Rodolfo!’ In addition to this, Catherine is naïve when it comes to her uncle as well. She ‘walks around her slip’ and ‘sits on the tub when he’s shaving’ clearly emphasizing her naivety and her perhaps slightly inappropriate behavior, that could be interpreted as sexual, now that Catherine has entered womanhood. Despite this, as the plot progresses Catherine’s character develops and changes as she becomes more determined and assertive. She also becomes more opinionated, calling Eddie a ‘rat who belongs in the sewers.’ This obvious negative, derogatory tone to her voice shows her newfound maturity and determination to chase ‘independence’ (marry Rodolfo) and lead her own life, away from the danger and violence she now associates with her uncle’s irrational, incestuous behaviour. Beatrice, Catherine’s aunt is very house-proud, as shown when upon hearing of the cousins early imminent arrival, says ‘I was going, to wash the walls!’ and ‘buy a new tablecloth.’ The concern over reputation and appearances, portrays her to be ambitiously house-proud and to present her family in the best manner possible. ...read more.

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This however, could be seen as jealousy on Beatrice?s part. As she longs to be ?a wife again?, it is conceivable, that she is trying to push Catherine to Rodolfo and therefore leaving her to repair her marriage with Eddie. This is clear when she asks Catherine to dance with Rodolfo to ?Paper Doll?. These attempts to an extent may even come vicious, as she lays bare to Eddie that he ?wants something more and you can?t have her!? Until this point even Eddie himself has not admitted this feelings to himself and so she drives Eddie into a state of confusion and denial, which ultimately lead to his death. Throughout all the conflict as the plot progresses, however, Beatrice remains faithfully loyal to Eddie, despite his ultimate betrayal directed at her own family. Situational irony is shown here, as despite Eddie loving Catherine more as a wife with his apparent unnatural, incestuous feelings, Beatrice remains true to Eddie, right up to his final moments. In conclusion, Miller?s portrayal of Catherine and Beatrice greatly helps shape the story into the memorable piece of drama it remains today. ...read more.

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