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A view from the bridge – Act 2: Scene where Eddie kisses Catherine and Rodolfo.

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A view from the bridge - Act 2: Scene where Eddie kisses Catherine and Rodolfo. In this scene Eddie comes home early from work because it is Christmas holiday. He is drunk and seems unsteady. He calls out to Beatrice to see if she is at home. Catherine enters the room 'you got home early' she says 'knocked off for Christmas early' he replies. Rodolfo then appears in the bedroom doorway, Eddie sees him and he is slightly shocked. This scene shows Eddie's character to be quite angry. He loses his temper very quickly, he threatens Rodolfo and at one point you think he might actually hit Rodolfo. Eddie shouts very loudly at Catherine and he makes her cry because he doesn't usually talk to her in this way. He is usually very nice to her but lately since Rodolfo moved in, he has been very unsupportive of her and he is trying to get her to change her mind about him because Rodolfo is not like him. There is evidence of this when Eddie says 'he marries you he's got a right to be an American citizen. That's what's going on here the guy is looking for a break, that's all'. Eddie does not approve of Rodolfo because he has blond hair, he sings, cooks and he doesn't know how to box! ...read more.


It becomes clear to Catherine that Rodolfo's intentions towards are honourable and motivated by his love for her. There is evidence of this when she tells Eddie that 'he's got all kinds of respect for me. And you to! We walk across the streets and he takes my arm - he almost bows to me! You got him all wrong'. When you analyse the way in which Eddie talks, looks and acts towards Catherine gives you the impression that Eddie has feelings for her. Eddie has intense desires for Catherine and he wants to have a sexual relationship with his wife. This is shown when Beatrice says to Eddie 'when am I gonna be a wife again'. Eddie makes excuses and says that he hasn't been feeling good since Marco and Rodolfo moved in. Beatrice thinks that Eddie doesn't find her sexually attractive anymore. It is shown when she says 'what's the matter Eddie, you don't like me heh? She asks whether something is wrong. Beatrice is aware of a deeper, more disturbing reason for Eddie's protectiveness towards Catherine. It becomes clear that she is unhappy about Eddie's attitude to his niece and she is able to persuade Eddie to allow Catherine to start work. But the problems go deeper; Beatrice has 'other worries' about when she is 'gonna be a wife again'. ...read more.


So by kissing Rodolfo it creates a perfect diversion for his actions. The other reason could be that Eddie could be attracted to or intrigued by Rodolfo These are the themes that the scene is trying to present visually. Eddie is expressing his attraction towards Rodolfo and Catherine. In the play this is the only part where the attraction between Eddie and Catherine are expressed visually. The other parts f the play where Eddie expresses his feelings for Catherine are only in conversations between them. Eddie is trying to be the boss by being controlling over everyone. He wants to remain the powerful one and show authority towards Catherine and Rodolfo. He is not willing to let anyone undermine his authority or to defy him. Eddie is being over protective of Catherine and he finds it hard to let her go. Eddie is jealous of Rodolfo because Rodolfo is young and Catherine is in love with him. Eddie is being selfish; he wants to have Catherine all to himself. He doesn't want her to grow up or to have a life of her own with Rodolfo. Arthur Miller uses stage directions very well because it builds up a dramatic tension for what is about to happen in the scene. He uses this when Eddie kisses both Catherine and Rodolfo! He also uses exclamation marks after what has been said in a dramatic moment. It is used to emphasise the dramatic tension or command effect of what is being said. ...read more.

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