It soon becomes evident that he just doesn’t want Catherine to become independent, because he wants her all for himself. Catherine’s innocent fondness for Eddie is normal for any girl and their father. Catherine looks up to Eddie and wants his recognition. However, the audience rapidly grasp on to the idea that Eddie is too attached to Catherine and has to let go, otherwise there may be severe repercussions. However, Eddie refuses to release Catherine from his firm clutch and becomes so devoted to destroying Rodolpho, he doesn’t realise who he’s really hurting.
He speaks very matter-of-factly to Frances. You can tell he, for lack of a better term, wears the pants in the relationship. His cares and morals are questionable. He is obviously very much in love with Frances but still is taken by the beautiful, younger women in New York City. But even though he can’t seem to keep his eyes to himself, he still cares about Frances and his relationship with her.
Find some evidence to support this. Eddie is a larger-than-life figure; he is authoritative, willful, dogmatic and energetic. In relation to his wife, Beatrice, and with the out side world, he is serenely masterful. Eddie is a man with a rather thin surface of good humour; underneath, he is quarrelsome and authoritative. Although he loves Catherine he expects her to live according to his expectations.
The father and male is an authority figure. Eddie is very protective of Catherine in both positive and negative ways. Eddie really loves and cares for Catherine, and will do anything to protect and look after her, but his love for her is obsessive and possessive. "You can't take no job. Why didn't you ask me before you take a job?"
This shows he has an interest in her problems, he uses a very comforting manner. Eddie is a family man and agrees straight away to help illegal immigrants. He works hard and has a good job. These good points help us to forgive him more for his bad points however there are quite a lot of them. He is over protective of his niece, Catherine, in her increasing maturity.
He loved his family very much. "He constantly made passes at her, not necessarily expecting to be successful, but to remind her he still desired her and was excited by the thought of her. "(Alexie 56) William worked as a salesman. He was described as an obsessive workaholic, his job i... ... middle of paper ... ...xpress themselves when interacting with others.”(McLeod) William behaviors can all be described as someone with low self-esteem. However, this does not make William a bad person, just negative.
However, Eddie has twisted feelings towards Catherine as he has raised her like his own daughter, and feels a strong connection towards Catherine. Eddie’s feeling and jealousy causes him to need to have Catherine in his life, and his irrational behaviour leads to his death. Eddie is so focused on having his honour and reputation that he is oblivious to the chaos that he creates. Eddie’s actions change throughout the story due to his out of control spiral of love towards Catherine. This is an example of a tragic hero as Eddie was a respected husband and member of the community, but has now turned bad.
Throughout the story, Chopin presents a contrast in her male characters. She depicts Leonce as a good husband capable of great things but one who is oblivious to his wife’s needs. Alcee Arobin as a make who recognizes Edna’s physical (animalistic) needs in a relationship, and Robert as a sensitive male who understands Edna’s thoughts and feelings but also realizes that he cannot have Edna because she is one of Leonce’s possessions, therefore leaving him at a crossroad. Throughout the book the men have a lasting effect on Edna, thus controlling her and preventing her from gaining her independence she tries so hard to obtain. Leonce Pontellier is the typical Creole man and husband that one would find during this period.
Eddie is very protective of Catherine and wants her to get a good education. He also seems to be in love with Catherine but refuses to face this fact at any stage in the play even when Beatrice, his wife, points it out to him clearly. We also witness Eddie’s verbal conflict with all the characters at some point throughout the play. Other aspect is how the other characters feel concerned about him. There is a scene of unease as we see how Catherine and Beatrice are unsure about how he will react when he is told about Catherine’s job.
Nelly tells Catherine that Heathcliff is “about his work in the stable” (Brontë 69), knowing that Heathcliff is in fact outside the window, thinking, “he did not contradict me, perhaps he had fallen into a doze” (Brontë 69), listening to every painful and horrendous word that Catherine is speaking regarding her potential suitors. “I want to know what I should do. Today, Edgar Linton has asked me to marry him… I accepted him, Nelly… It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now” (Brontë 70). Nelly did not stop Heathcliff when she saw him leave after this part in Catherine’s speech, nor did she alert Catherine of this knowledge. Nelly knew Catherine was in love with Heathcliff and saw this marriage to Edgar as the best choice for her own wellbeing.