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. However, because of Catherine entering womanhood, Eddie is not the only male who view his niece as a very feminine and attractive. Eddie accuses Catherine of ‘walking wavy’, causing other ‘men’s heads to turn like windmills’. This simile makes it clear that Catherine is rapidly growing up and slipping out of Eddie’s hands. An inarticulate man, Eddie’s feelings for Catherine manifest themselves into shear protectiveness and eventual rage.