In fact, entire two acts circle around how Eddie’s love for his daughter has grown to a point where he cannot let go of his grown up niece, but more appropriately his, stepdaughter. The theme is first observed in the beginning of the play where Eddie does not like the prospect of other men taking her stepdaughter away from him. This is clearly seen in two separate incidents. This is first shown when both admires and criticizes the clothing choice of Catherine. At first sight of her new pretty look, Eddie compliments her saying how she “look like one of them girls that went to college” however just a few moments later, his mood changes and Eddie becomes “aggravated” by how other men were “given you” “looks” “in the candy store”.