1)“Where you goin’ all dressed up?…What happened to your hair?” Are Eddie’s remarks to Catherine compliments or criticisms? Explain your answer
Eddie’s remarks are critics. He is being passive-aggressive about the way Katie dresses. He doesn’t want her to dress up nicely as she doesn’t like man watching her, especially Rodolpho
2) What do Eddie’s comments on Catherine’s current behaviour suggest about his relationship with her?
He loves her. Too much. He got to a point in which he is strangely attached to her and believes no man is worth of her love. He doesn’t like the way he dresses, walk, or just IS around men.
3) To what extent does Eddie send Catherine mixed messages by his contradictory language, telling her on the one hand ‘You’re a baby’s and on the other hand ‘You’re getting to be a big girl now’?
Eddie is telling that she is a baby and at the same time that she is grown up. His confuses Catherine and makes her act like a baby while thinking like an adult. An example of this is when we find out that Catherine walks in her panties around Eddie as if she were a baby, while she wants to be let to go to work.
4)What is revealed about Eddie’s character from the following?
- Beatrice’s comment: “I’m just afraid if it don’t turn out good you’ll be mad at me”.
This tells us that Eddie is a jealous man and that Beatrice as well as himself want time for each other to be together without all the family.
- His pattern of 3 questions: “What’s all this about? Where’s she goin’?… What’s goin’ on?”
Eddie is very lost respecting Katie’s life and he is very conservative about her and doesn’t want her to call men’s attention.
- His negative language: “No-no… not wonderful…never get nowheres… no job”.
He doesn’t agree with nothing. He can’t make up his mind and sends multiple mixed messages.
- On debating Catherine’s job: “That ain’t what I wanted, though
This tells us about Eddie that, ad previously said, he can’t make up his mind and I’d a carry-on.
5) What sort of relationship does Eddie have with his wife?
Eddie and Beatrice are in a difficult relationship due to Katie’s integration. Catherine makes the relationship interrupted and doesn’t let them time for themselves. They constantly have to worry about everything leaving them with no time to worry about them. That’s way B is jealous of Katie.
6) Eddie directly calls Catherine a variety of affectionate terms, such as ‘Katie… kid… a baby…. A big girl…. Madonna(i.e. the Virgin Mary)… Garbo’- Discuss how each one gives a different view of Catherine in his eyes.
The ways in which Eddie calls Catherine reinforces what we said about him sending mixed messages. On the one hand he calls her ‘Katie… kid… a baby…” making her feel like he has no problem with her behaving as one. In the other hand he compares her to famous women. “Garbo” and “Madonna” are a few examples of the ways he calls her. Later on we find out that this is the way he really sees her.
1) What do the following suggest about Catherine’s character at the start of the play?
- Her persistent repetition of the question “You like it?” to Eddie
Katie needs Eddie’s approval for everything and doesn’t want to disappoint him.
- Her body language “[She sits on her heels beside him.]”
She feels protected by him so she stays close him.
- She is “[almost in tears because he disapproves.]”
As before said, she needs Eddie’s approval to be happy herself, which is why she cries in this moment.
2) How does Beatrice backup Catherine’s case for taking the job?
The main reason Beatrice wants Katie to get the job is because she is not a baby anymore. This is what he uses as her main argument. But also secretly, she wants her to go to have some time alone with Eddie.
3)”Stay there! I’ll get it for you… Here! I’ll light it for you!’ To what extent do you think Catherine tries too hard to please Eddie and is therefore partly responsible for his possessiveness towards her?
Katie tries too hard to please Eddie because she feels Eddie tried to hard to please her and to take care of her when she was a child. She is always helping Eddie, and like that confusing him. Eddie acts as if she belonged to him and she couldn’t act for herself. I think this is katie’s fault.
4)How far are we surprised by Catherine’s question to Rodolpho regarding his marital status, bearing in mind her earlier focus on hum when he first arrived?
We are not at all surprised. Katie is from the beginning in love with Rodolpho and everything to do with him and from the beginning she wants to marry him.
5)How does Catherine react to Eddie’s suggestion that Rodolpho only wants to marry her to gain American citizenship?
She directly ignores this idea as she loves Rodolpho and is convinced Rodolpho loves her. She tells Eddie to shut up because it is all lies.
6)How important is Beatrice in Catherine’s development to womanhood?
B is extremely important for Katie’s development to womanhood. She does want her to go to work and to get married, contrary to Eddie.