Catherine wants to test Eddie’s presupposition that Rodolfo just wants his passport, that’s why he wants to marry you, she asks Rodolfo that can she and he live in Italy without being Italian citizens. The response she gets from Rodolfo seems to subsistence Eddie’s claims. He keeps saying that Italy has no jobs, people will call me crazy and there is no food to cook. However, Rodolfo gives her a more proper reason why he does not want to take her to Italy. “How can I bring you from a rich country to suffer in a poor country? What are you talking about? I would be a criminal stealing your face. In two years you would have an old, hungry face. When my brother’s babies cry they give them water, water that boiled a bone. Don’t you believe that?”
But Catherine gives him a reason that she is fearful of Eddie here. For the first time Catherine unveils to the full extent how afraid she is from Eddie. This is a very momentous era in the route of the play, as we later see Catherine’s disobedient demeanour against Eddie; this is the start of that demeanour. Soon after this, Rodolfo finds out what Catherine meant by being fearful of Eddie. Eddie once again tries to take his anger out on Rodolfo by using physical force. But his time ho goes too far, because he is drunk. This time Catherine does not remain gentle, for the first time Catherine, entirely expresses her anger against Eddie, by shouting on him – “Eddie! Let go, ya hear me! I’ll kill you! Leggo of him!”
Eddie lets Rodolfo go but asks him to get out of his house, which suggests that Eddie has reached the farthest of his forbearance and can’t take any more. The tensions further develop when Beatrice tells Eddie that she has moved Catherine upstairs with Rodolfo. Eddie loves Catherine and looked after her since she was a child, but Eddie can’t accept her moving upstairs, because that means she is living independently and separately from Carbones and in particular, she is now living with Rodolfo, which further brings out indignation from Eddie.
This leads to a contention between Eddie and Beatrice, he is off-colour and exhausted of Beatrice doing things without his consent and when he finds out that she has authorized for further two immigrants to come and live in their house, he becomes enraged. The motivation behind his resentment is undeniably, that no body in his house seems to follow his orders and the influence in Carbone household in no longer in the hands of Eddie Carbone, but everyone is now having their own say, particularly Catherine who has become immensely seditious.
Eddie Carbone at this point of the play has developed into an absolutely different person from the one he was at the opening of the play. When Catherine and Beatrice tell him that Catherine and Rodolfo are arranging to get married, he is incapable to direct his ire and resentment, which leads him to give up the cousins to Immigration Bureau. Eddie thinks that by undertaking this he will be able to split the marriage, but this only makes the circumstances problematic. Marco, who just like Eddie is a man of Respect, Honour and especially Justice, wants his retribution from Eddie Carbone for breaching his confidence and virtually killing his wife and children, because without Marco they just wouldn’t have the money to provide for themselves. When Immigration Bureau arrests Marco, he spits on Eddie’s face in front of the whole of the neighbourhood, which Eddie takes as impertinent. Eddie at this stage of the play is full of ire against Marco. The only thing he can envisage at this stage of the play is of making Marco apologetic in front of the entire vicinity for disrespecting Eddie Carbone.
At this point in the play, audience can notice that there are a lot of similarities and difference between the act 1 and act 2. For example at the end of Act 1 Marco and Eddie are facing each other and Marco has a frown of warning on his face for Eddie to leave his brother alone. At the end of act 2 we see Eddie ignoring that forewarning and therefore, losing his life. There are also lots of differences between the two acts, for example Catherine in act 2 is launching more circuitous attack on Eddie, she even says I will kill you, or you let go of Rodolfo. She even calls him a rat and says he deserves to live in a sewer. She accuses him of poisoning her life. Beatrice in the second act has become more sympathetic of Eddie. She senses that things are heading for a bloody end and she senses that Eddie needs facilitating and someone to guide him. In the first act however, Beatrice was launching more direct attack on Eddie, persuading him to let Catherine go.
The audience can easily see the inconsistence deciphered in the way the characters articulate and behave towards each other. For example Catherine is much more audacious towards Eddie. She calls him a rat and says he belongs in a sewer. Beatrice is more compassionate towards Eddie, as she senses his covetousness to get his esteem back. Eddie’s furore becomes more obstreperous as the audience see tears of furore rolling down his cheeks on numerous occasions when Beatrice is trying to alleviate him. When Beatrice tries to calm Eddie – “The truth is not as bad as blood, Eddie! I’m telling you the truth – tell her good-bye forever!”
This brings out a flow of furore from Eddie, since he never expected Beatrice, his wife to think this way; this brings out tears in his eyes, tears of ire and resentment. At this phase of the play, there may be differences in the audience’s expectations. Some of them might still be thinking that the whole of circumstance is heading for a non-violent end. In the end may be the whole of Carbone household will go to the wedding of Rodolfo and Catherine. This anticipation may have been generated; when audience see the hard work Beatrice has been doing to calm Eddie down. She gives him examples and tries her best for him to bless Catherine and Rodolfo. When Rodolfo tries kissing Eddie’s hand she is there in the background trying her best for Eddie Carbone to forgive Rodolfo.
Beatrice – “Eddie, he’s apologizing! “Listen to him! Eddie, listen what he’s telling you! “Eddie, give him a chance!” She tries her best to calm Eddie. This may manipulate the views of some audience that the situation will turn peaceful at last, as Beatrice has been portrayed by Arthur Miller as the person with most influence on Eddie. Nevertheless, overwhelming majority of the audience would still think that the play will end for a bloody end. We have seen that when Alfieri tries to make a promise with Marco in the prison, he will get him out of the prison, if Marco promises to leave Eddie alone.