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Introduction into her background: Beatrice o She is a middle-aged wife married to Eddie Carbone in 1955 New York. Beatrice eludes the personality traits of an observant, intuitive care-giver, she is strong minded and loyal. Although thrust in the middle of Eddie’s obsessive infatuation with Catherine, she still manages to hold her ground and stick to her sense of morality. That in itself speaks immensely about her character, however at times she displays a (Freudian slip) of jealousy. When am I going to be a wife again Eddie?” (Pg. 36) Beatrice's version of the American Dream is stability in her marriage. Tension in the marriage has built up as Eddie’s over protectiveness of Catherine has pushed her away. “You think I'm jealous of you honey?”(Pg.44) The arrival of Beatrice’s cousins from Sicily in pursuit of the American Dream further increases the competition between Beatrice and Catherine for Eddie’s love. This is because Eddie becomes further obsessive about Catherine and jealous of her relationship with Rodolpho. HINT -refer to Arthurs Millers interest in the subconscious and Freudian slips. “You want somethin’ else. Eddie, and you can never have her!”(Pg.83) This quote confronts Eddie’s true feelings for Catherine. The arrival of Beatrice’s cousins, Marco and Rudolpho in pursuit of the American Dream, push Eddie to his limit and exposes his true feelings towards Catherine. Beatrice is intuitive and notices this. She is brave enough to confront Eddie about this. Her desperation, to get Eddie away from Catherine is evident as she stops being a passive watcher by. BETRAYA “I was going to wash the walls.”(Pg. 15) This shows Beatrice's domestic side. She is a typical housewife living in 1955, New York, where women were responsible of taking care of house duties. While Eddie her husband was a typical Alfa-male. The family had an uncle that they were hiding in the house, and he snitched to the immigration.” (Pg.23) This quote forebodes the situation in which Eddie, ironically who is also Catherine's uncle, snitches to the immigration police about Marco and Rodolpho being illegal immigrants. “My God what the hell did you do?”(Pg. 74) This quote indicates the extent of the magnitude of betrayal. The sudden realization in Beatrice of the havoc Eddie has created. Loyalty and family are important to her and she is disgusted with Eddie’s actions.
“The truth is not as bad as blood” (Pg.83) Beatrice confronts Eddie on his sexual feelings of incest toward Catherine. Her gut feelings and intuition are clear to her as she is positive that Eddie is attracted to her niece. This simile is evidence of how important the Sicilian American community takes loyalty and trust. Eddie has undermined this unspoken rule and betrayed not only his community but Beatrice, as Marco and Rodolpho are her cousins.

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