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Arthur Miller All page references are from the copy published by Penguin By : Samia Merchant, Basil Roumie, Zayd Warah, Ahmad Abdulhadi, Vladislav Fomin
“you are walkin’ wavy! I don’t like the looks they’re givin’ you in the candy store. And with them new heels on the sidewalk … The heads are turnin’ like windmills”. Eddie is very protective of Catherine. Though he is proud of her looks and admires them, he is concerned that she will attract men’s attention. Pg14 “Katie don’t break my heart”, The undertone/subtext almost resembles how lovers talk to each other which implies that Eddie might think of his relationship with Catherine as more than an uncle and niece. “Katie, I promised your mother on her deathbed. I’m responsible for you.”, “Katie…if you wasn’t an orphan, wouldn’t he ask your fathers permission before he run around with you like this.” Eddie thinks he is Catherine's father so he tends to look at the bad side of every man that approaches her. “I want you to be in a nice office, Maybe a lawyer’s office someplace in New York in one of them nice buildings.” Eddie wants Catherine to have a good life probably because he never had the opportunity to get an education and get somewhere in life (shown with the repetition of ‘nice’) Pg19
“What are you crying about? [he is affected by her, but smiles his emotion away]” Eddie is in awe of Catherine's beauty but it is suggestive of the love of an admirer rather than a father figure. Pg21 “[He reaches out suddenly, draws her to him, and as she strives to free herself he kisses her on the mouth.]” This shows Eddie’s true desire for her, this was shown in an aggressive way because he was under the influence of alcohol. Pg64
Beatrice: “When am I gonna be a wife again?” This imposes a sense of jealousy and insecurity in Beatrice as it reflects the state of Eddies' and Beatrice's marriage. Beatrice:“you want some thing else Eddie, and you can never have her!” Beatrice is aware of Eddie’s secret desire for Catherine but he is in denial about it. However, Beatrice openly articulates his desires in the conclusion of the play. “My B!” This is at the end of the play when Eddie is dying in Beatrice's arms which shows Eddies’ realization of the love for his wife and possibly breaking free from his denial- his fatal flaw being his inappropriate desire for his niece.
“He marries you he’s got the right to be an American citizen”. “The guy ain’t right” Eddie is suspicious of Rodolpho and feels that he wants to marry Catherine for a green card rather than out of love. He confronts Catherine, to which she disagrees. “If you came in the house and you didn’t know who was singin’ you wouldn’t be lookin for him you be lookin for her.” This shows that Eddie is trying to make Rodolpho seem more like a female rather than an alpha male. “his face puffed with trouble” This reflects Eddie’s dislike of Rodolpho. Pg33 “I’m ashamed! Paper Doll they call him. Blondie now”. Eddie believes that men should be strong and hard-working, not singers. Alpha-male is what he believes, what everyman should be. He is indirectly mocking Rodolpho. “It ain’t so free here either…I seen greenhorns sometimes get in trouble in that way – they think just because a girl don’t go around with a shawl over her head that she ain’t strict, y’know? Girl don’t have to wear black dress to be strict… in your town you wouldn’t just drag off some girl without permission… It ain’t that much different here”. Eddie is furious, firstly because Rodolpho didn’t ask for Eddie’s permission to take Catherine on a date and secondly because he thinks Rodolpho is taking advantage of Catherine. Pg52-53
“The less you trust people, the less you be sorry”. Eddie does not trust people easily. “[Marco’s] gonna take that back or I’ll kill him!” “Eddie Carbone. Eddie Carbone. Eddie Carbone.” “A guy do a thing like that? How’s he gonna show his face” Eddie is very concerned about his honour and protecting his name. He repeated his name again and again as if he was trying to reclaim his name and he would do anything to get his good name back. Beatrice: “Eddie, I wish there was one guy you couldn’t tell me things about!” Eddie is the master of the house – everyone is seeking for his approval as he is the one who lays down the rules. “In the worst times … I didn’t stand around lookin’ for relief – I hustled. When there was empty piers in Brooklyn I went to Hoboken, Staten Island, the West Side, Jersey, all over … I took out of my own mouth to give to her … I walked hungry plenty days in this city!” This reflects Eddie’s hardworking character. He worked day and night, trying to at least feed his family, especially his young niece whom he adopted out of kindness.