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A View From The Bridge Catherine

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Character development – Catherine

Catherine is 17 years old, orphaned daughter of Beatrice’s sister, she sees Beatrice as a mother and Eddie as a father. She sees herself quiet and nice. She is dutiful and loving to her elders. She is very attractive, energetic and cheerful. Yet she is also naïve, she has a sheltered life; she has never known anything of life outside the Carbone household. Naturally a high achiever, Catherine innocuously embraces opportunities for advancement. In “A view From the Bridge” Catherine takes a journey of self-discovery.

In the beginning, according to her speeches, Catherine mainly speaks in a dialect language. During the first part of Act 1 we can see that ...view middle of the document...

This tells us that Beatrice has affection for Catherine, it also shows how Catherine is seen by Beatrice; a child. Eddie is overprotective of Catherine because he sees her as a child, “listen kid”. Catherine is treated both by Eddie and Beatrice like a child. In the beginning of Act 1, readers might be a bit concerned about the relationship between Eddie and Catherine; we don’t know whether Catherine is a daughter or a niece.

Later we could discover more characteristics of Catherine. We can see that Catherine is quite jealous, “We didn’t talk about me yet”. Catherine didn’t get the attention from Beatrice and Eddie; she wants to be the centre of attention because she is used to. This jealousy makes Catherine even more immature, it is almost like a child deprived of his toys she throws a tantrum reflecting her child-like mind. When the three characters were talking about Catherine we could see that she is also an opportunist, Catherine has been offered a job and she took It quickly, “And there’s a company who wants a girl right away”. Her character starts to develop a little bit as she has now become more assertive; she had started making her own decisions outside Eddie’s guidance. By saying this sentence we can see that she tries to get Eddie’s approval and tries to persuade him. By saying “a girl right away”, we can see that she is telling to Eddie that she wants the job, the “girl” represents Catherine. In this part we could also see discover that Catherine is ambitious, “I’m the best student in the class”, by using the adjective “best” we can see that Catherine is quite pretentious and ambitious, it also shows that she is an intelligent girl. Catherine is also a determined and motivated person, “There’s nothing more to learn, I just gotta practise… I’ll keep getting better, you see?”. “There’s nothing more to learn” shows how determined Catherine is and her willingness to work; she is ready to leave her education for her new job. “I’ll keep getting better, you see?” tell us that Catherine is quite self-confident and determined for the job. Catherine uses emotive language to get Eddie’s approval, she tries to persuade Eddie; she really wants the job. This shows that she knows how to get her own way, she is not exactly naïve. Her use of language tells us that Catherine can manipulate her carers to achieve her desires. Catherine is yet childish and immature but in this part we could see another side of her, this section corroborates that Catherine is quite grown because she wants a job; at the age of 17 she is ready for a profession.

Eddie is yet a father for Catherine however he has a more obvious relationship with Catherine. “Here I’ll light for you”, Catherine received Eddie’s approval for the job and then thanks him, this shows that she appreciate Eddie’s decision and she loves him. However, Catherine lights Eddie’s cigar, this action is unsettling but Catherine doesn’t mind that. She doesn’t mind because she sees Eddie as a father...

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