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  • BEATRICE
    • Significance of role in Carbone family undermined
      • Miller introduces E and C relationship before B and C
        • Loyal wife - expresses concern with her and Es declining relationship
          • "When am I gonna be a wife again Eddie?"
            • Adverb of time "again" - relationship used to be stronger but taken over by fonder relationship between E and C
        • Subtly implies relationship is overshadowed by more prominent relationship between E and C
    • Develops the theme of Jealousy
      • Aware of Es unnatural love for C but does not let this show at start
        • When R arrives, Es overprotectiveness becomes increasingly evident
          • B attempts to hinder Es unnatural love for C when she expresses concern in advice to her niece
            • "you can't act the way you act"
              • Imperative sentence  signifies her maturity and ability to spot the underlying truth
              • Also exposes her jealousy, which C instantly picks up on
                • B denies this with "You think I'm jealous honey?"
        • Does B feel ridiculed by her husband's lack of loyalty towards her?
      • Miller uses B as a tool to highlight how men took women for granted through the portrayal of her and Es unstable relationship
        • Her character is also used to highlight the inappropriateness of E and Cs relationship
    • Contrast to Eddie's character and actions
      • Her perpetual loyalty to family and husband deeply juxtaposes Es disloyalty
        • He neglects her as a wife, refusing to have a sexual relationship with her anymore
          • B declares "it's been almost three months"
            • He puts all his attention on C and does not think of consequences of actions as B does
      • She is a nervous character
        • Blames herself for the breaking apart of her and Es relationship
          • With the interrogative sentence "Am I doing something wrong?"
            • Pronoun "I" highlights willingness to do anything to keep her family in tact
              • Like the cement in the family that holds the different characters together
      • B used by Miller to present cultural expectation that wives should be submissive to husbands
        • "I can't Katie, I can't"
          • B says this when C wills her to come to wedding
          • Shows how she does not fight for what she believes in
            • Maybe her fear of E has taken over any personal thought or passion
    • Voice of reason in the play
      • Miller uses her character to literally explain some of the morals behind the story
        • Shown at very end when B is the only one to admit they all played a part in the final tragedy
          • Explains to C, "Then we all belong in the garbage... whatever happened er all done it."
            • Collective pronoun "we" shows her acknowledgement of her part in the tragedy, highlighting the strong morals and sense she possesses
      • Strong when she has to be - often not afraid to stand up to her husband
        • "Look, you got to get used to it, she's no baby no more. Tell her to take it"
          • Imperative sentence shows how she can be assertive - acting as voice of reason for E
            • Without B, C would have forever been under Es dangerous control
        • "The truth is not as bad as blood Eddie!"
          • Concrete noun "blood" - connotation of death and danger
            • Shows she is more aware of danger than other characters - representing sanity and reason
          • Exclamative tone of sentence implies her desperation to even her disloyal husband for what he has done
            • Says to E "If he goes on his knees what has he got to give you?"
              • Realises conflict between male characters is almost petty
                • More rational and sober-minded character
    • Present evolution between generations
      • Typical 1950s housewife
        • Small worries juxtapose much more substantial concerns tragedy at end of play
          • "Clean the walls"
          • "Wax the floors"
        • Her simple job highlights Cs ambition
          • "A stenographer first, but pretty soon you get to be a secretary"
            • Jobs such as this were relatively new in 1950s
              • B used by Miller to present the sudden development in the role and rights of women
              • B is very supportive of C and wants the best for her
                • Stands up to E "tell her to take it"
                  • Portrays underlying authority women can have over men
    • Underlying loyalty pays off
      • "My B.!"
        • Her that E calls out for at end of play
        • Short, exclamative sentence gives sentimental ending
          • Pronoun "my" shows Es underlying love and possessive feelings towards B
          • B as a character is often under appreciated, her loyalty pays off in the end

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