Brighton Beach Memoirs
The Jerome family is a very loving, close caring family. They both worry about each other and worry for them and their family members well being. On top of that, everyone has problems, their own unique problems. Not all these problems are disclosed with the other family members. Eugene is a teenager living in Brooklyn in the older days. He is growing up and feels he is deprived of being with girls. He often brings up his thoughts on them and sex. In his home he feels as if he is not loved because his mother is always yelling at him and seems to be taking out all her anger on him.
In my view, I believe she does really love him but she worries so much that she tends to lose it all and it all goes out on Eugene . Nora, who is Eugene ’s cousin, wants to be famous and on Broadway. She believes she has found the perfect opportunity for this but for this she must leave school which no one agrees with, and Stanley is the only one who seems to be complimenting her but that may only be because she is his attractive cousin. Stanley, Eugene ’s brother has worries and problems of his own, quite a big one actually- he has a job that keeps the family going on top of his fathers work.
He is very responsible for his family’s well being because of this but he has a problem with gambling. Kate and Jack are Eugene and Stanley’s parents. Blanche is Kate’s sister; Nora and Laurie are Kate and Jacks Nieces. Kate is very loving and caring and worries for her family a lot, especially her husband Jack who has a heart problem where anything can happen anytime. On top of that, the family has very little money. They are not able to afford to take care of Jack’s health but they are trying hard, which is why Stanley has such a big responsibility.
Jack loves his wife, Kate and tries to assure her everything will be okay and nothing will happen, but I think something may. Laurie is just a young girl right now, the youngest of them all and doesn’t understand much. She is usually just there asking questions and being oblivious. In act two of this play, the tensions in the family start to become clear. Eugene continues to mention (to the audience) how rotten everyone is behaving in the family. Kate still worries for Jack, Blanche is supposed to be going on a date, Nora and Laurie also have not changed…. ut there is something new for Stanley. The family, at this time, depends heavily on Stanley because they need the extra cash for Jack’s health complications and Stanley is unfortunately hustled in a big game of gambling and loses his weeks allowance of $17. At first, the only person he told was Eugene. It lead to a fight and made Stanley want to look at Eugene’s report card because he doubted his capabilities and he is taken by surprise when he sees they’re all A’s and B’s and says he is very proud. Kate freaks out over things like Jack walking down the stairs.
Kate and Blanche get involved in a big fight that releases all the tensions that have built up over the years of their sisterhood. Ultimately, it is resolved but Kate is finally able to tell Blanche that she is being very selfish and that she has too many other things to worry about other than Blanche and her children. This is unlikely for Kate but understandable because Kate has the whole family on her shoulders. Stanley eventually tells his mother about the gambling and is furious but of course ultimately forgives him… but not until after his attempt to run away and leave his family.
He left saying he is going to he army and does not know when to return until he realizes his family needs him more than the army does. Blanches date never shoes up because he gets into an accident while being intoxicated. She finds out from his mother in a letter. Kate keeps referring to him and his mother as “those people” because Kate never liked the man. Blanche defends them and argues the point “How are we any better? ” and that they’re human beings just like us. At the end of the play, despite all the arguments, disagreements and tensions, they are still one big loving, caring family with problems many people may have.