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Eddie is presented as a forceful, energetic and obsessive protagonist, How far do you agree?

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English Essay - A view from the bridge 'Eddie is presented as a forceful, energetic and obsessive protagonist', How far do you agree? In answer to this, I agree to a certain extent with the statement, the points about being forceful and obsessive especially. Eddie is the main character of the play. He is husband to Beatrice, uncle by marriage and also the only fatherly figure to Catherine. Marco and Rodolpho are cousins of Beatrice, therefore family, but not by blood, to Eddie. Alfieri acts as both narrator and character in the play, he is Eddie's lawyer. Act one starts with Alfieri and his monologue, setting the play. It then moves on to a scene with Eddie and Catherine. Eddie has just arrived home to find Catherine dressed differently to normal, more grown up. Eddie is displeased by this, and tells her, when she is offended and responds, Eddie says 'Now don't aggravate me, Katie, you are walkin' wavy! I don't like the looks they're givin' you in the candy store', the way Eddie says this, with an exclamation mark, suggests that he is annoyed and angry, he is acting very protective about Catherine, even though she is 17 years old and not his real daughter, this shows that he is being very forceful. ...read more.


Furthermore, when Rodolpho sings, Eddie uses his status to stop him singing, saying that they will cause for suspicion when there has never been a singer in the house, and then suddenly someone starts singing. This shows a forceful and obsessive manner for their safety. Even more so when he sees Catherine's high heels and tells her sternly to take them off. The nest stage directions say 'Eddie is sizing up Rodolpho, and there is a concealed suspicion' which again emphasizes the trust problem, and Eddie forcing his status. The next scene is Beatrice and Eddie waiting for Catherine and Rodolpho to return home, Eddie is agitated and worried for Catherine's safety. Eddie goes on to expresses his dislike towards Rodolpho, he says 'That's a nice kid? He gives me the heebie-jeebies' which shows that he thinks there is something not right about Rodolpho. He expresses this opinion a lot throughout the whole of Act one trying to force it on to Beatrice and Catherine, which shows that he is being obsessive and energetic. Firstly on pages 34 and 35 he says 'He (Rodolpho) ...read more.


Marco then demonstrates his power and intimidates Eddie by lifting the chair up above his head with ease and stares him straight in the eyes. This makes Eddie uncomfortable and his attempt at being forceful fails, he is left, shocked. Finally, when Eddie was first disturbed by Rodolpho, he went to his lawyer, Alfieri, sharing his problems. He did so secretively and had not told anyone that he was going to visit Alfieri; this also shows that he is an obsessive character in the book. Whilst sharing his problems to Alfieri, Eddie was so worked up that he didn't let Alfieri have much input. When Alfieri did get a word in, he would say how there is no hard proof to Eddie's theories, no evidence. Eddie didn't want to hear it and cut Alfieri a lot, for example: Eddie had a big bit of text expressing his views on Rodolpho, and when he paused Alfieri said 'Now look, Eddie-', and then Eddie cut him and said 'Mr Alfieri, they're laughing at him on the piers!'. This shows how impatient and forceful Eddie is being. In conclusion to the question, I think that Eddie is a forceful and obsessive protagonist, however, I think that there lacks scenes where he is energetic. Word count: 1,106 ...read more.

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