One of the very first things he says to Eddie is “I want to tell you now Eddie – when you say go, we will go. ” What’s more, he is described as saying this with a certain formal stiffness, which shows that he feels that he needs to make a good impression to Eddie, and needs to converse with him in a polite manner. The kissing incident with Eddie and Rudolpho is a key scene in the play. We learn many things just from this one action.
First, we are able to see Eddie’s desperation, for he had let go of all dignity.
His drunken state is initially alarming and we can tell that this is where he begins to lose control of himself. Also, we learn Rudolpho’s true sexuality. The fact that he was so completely repulsed by the kiss shows us that he cannot possibly be a homosexual. Most members of an audience would think that because Marco killed Eddie, he deserves no sympathy.
I disagree with this; I feel he has every right to be pitied, and every right to be angry with Eddie. Let us not forget, Eddie intended to kill Marco initially, and Marco only stabbed Eddie in self-defence.
Up until the end of the play, Catherine seems to be under the control of Eddie, and she sees him as almost a father figure. It is clear that she has trouble being independent and making her own decisions – for Eddie has convinced her that she is still a girl and cannot do without him.
A good example of this is when she says to Eddie “I’m afraid if it don’t turn out good you’ll be mad at me. ” We also see Eddie clearly intentionally taking control of Catherine, for example, when Catherine informs him that she has got a new job as a stenographer – he replies with “that ain’t what I wanted though.”
It is clear that he feels he needs to make decisions for her, because he thinks that that’s how she will turn out best. There are various reasons for feeling sympathy for Catherine, the main one being that she loses her Uncle at the end, someone who she had learnt many things from. She also has to deal with the fact that her husband’s brother was the one who killed him. In the play, Beatrice seems to be caught in the middle of all the horrific events occurring – even though she hasn’t done anything to deserve it. She, in my opinion, is the person that deserves the most sympathy.
Beatrice is at the centre of all the main characters – she is Marco and Rudolpho’s cousin, Eddie’s wife and Catherine’s aunt. It is clear by knowing that, that she will suffer the most loss and confusion at the end because she is so closely linked to everyone. It is easy for the audience to feel sorry for her, as she didn’t do anything wrong. She put a house up for her cousins, and her good deed turned out to spark a horrific tragedy. Beatrice treats Catherine with certain warmth throughout the play, and tries to teach her how to be independent and break free of Eddie’s control.
She accomplishes her task in the end, as you can tell that Catherine does seem to grow up – she definitely becomes more independent than she was at the beginning. There is an excellent example of this, when Catherine yells at Eddie during the end scene – “Who the hell do you think you are? You got no more right to tell nobody nothing! ” This shows that she is not afraid to stand up to him anymore, and that she feels she has the right to put forth her own opinions. I think the fact the Beatrice is the last thing Eddie sees – and the fact that her name is the last thing that he says is very important.
Up until that point, we were given no sign of how much Eddie cared about Beatrice. However, in these two lines, we learn that he really does love her. You can tell that the two words “My B.! ” were intended to greatly affect the audience – and make them feel a sense of great sorrow. In conclusion – Even though all the characters have reasons to be pitied, I feel the most sympathy for Beatrice, as she was caught in the middle and had so many losses and problems. What’s more, none of the problems were her fault.
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