Advantages Well written, tension filled
Disadvantages Frustrating in parts
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There are some things you just don't expect to enjoy. Things like morning walks, visits from forgotten relatives or films on at one 'o' clock in the morning. Add to this list, books studied at school. I spent three months on an intensive and indepth analysis of this play, for my English Literature GCSE, and I say with a note of polite surprise in my voice, that I actually enjoyed this play.
Eddie is subconsciously attracted to Catherine, and this has made him wildly overprotective of her, and especially her interest in other men. Alfieri (the wise old lawyer) and Beatrice can see this developing, and how it is ruining their family life, while Catherine innocently unaware of what is happening, in fact furthers his infatuation with her.
The penultimate scene is one in which Eddie claims Catherine, and degrades Rodolpho's masculinity, using his greater strength. It is a harrowing scene, and very well written, contrasting youth with age, lust with love, old with new and of course the old Silician society as against the new America.
Complex, though not as good as Death of a Salesman or the Crucible, this is a tale of twisted familial love, and the conflict between old and new cultures, and the inevitable clashes. It is also a play about the many different kinds of love that can be experienced, and the tragic conclusion that so many must lead to.
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