Beatrice and Catherine are the two main female characters in the play

Beatrice and Catherine are the two main female characters in the play

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Jacqueline Leung 11K What do you consider to be the dramatic importance of Beatrice and Catherine? Beatrice and Catherine are the two main female characters in the play “A View from the Bridge” by Arthur Miller, and both play instrumental roles in bringing about the dramatic ending of the play. The complex relationship between Eddie and his niece, Catherine effectively leads to the increase of Eddie’s irrational behavior and reactions towards her love interest, Rodolfo. While Beatrice serves as a further catalyst, highlighting the personal problems within Beatrice and Eddie’s marriage. The first interactions within the play are between Eddie and Catherine, to an audience who has never read the play, it would seem that the relationship between the two characters is not as simple as it seems. From this first act we are able to gain an insight to Eddie’s overprotective and at times overbearing personality, which may also be foreboding future events in the play. In an example, Eddie refuses to let Catherine accept a job offer in another part of town vehemently. He says in a straightforward manner to Catherine, “You can’t take no job.” Eddie treats her as if she was still a child, and it is revealed that this was not the first time he tried to keep Catherine at home. Previously. Eddie had made Catherine promise to finish High School before getting a job, then become a stenographer, yet he still does not let Catherine become fully independent. Eddie insists that almost everything Catherine does must be approved by him. We see this when he becomes very insulted that Rodolfo dates and thinks about marrying Catherine while never seeking his permission. Although it can be argued that his behavior is simply parental love, other clues from the stage directions may suggest that Eddie’s feeling towards Catherine is almost incestuous. Because of this, it may have triggered the intense jealousy Eddie feels when he begins to lose attention from Catherine as she becomes interested in another man. At the beginning of the play, when Catherine talks to Eddie about her new skirt, she “sits on the heels beside him”, and even
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