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A View From The Bridge

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A view from the bridge is a powerful play about two immigrants that cross the American border from Italy, illegally. The play is set in the nineteen thirties to the nineteen fifties right after the Second World War. It also has striking similarities with Greek tragedy, being linear and having a chorus, or narrator (Alfieri). Eddie, the tragic protagonist has a fatal flaw (his improper love of, and almost obsession with, Catherine) and the final climax at the end of the play is another feature of this style. Alfieri plays a huge part in maintaining the audiences' dramatic interest; he is like the chorus in a Greek tragedy always reminding the audience of the tragedy. He holds the play together without actually taking much part in the action, however his real job is to unfold the play to the audience, he influences our audience and keeps us hooked onto the play, as though it was a cliff-hanger, the audience, including me, believe Alfieri because he is a lawyer and he knows the most. The bridge represents Alfieri, he is a link between Italians and Americans, Eddie and Rodolpho, he has equal opinions on them both and does not take sides; he is very un-bias. ...read more.


He feels that Catherine owes him a living. All the way during the boxing scene, you get this vivid sense of pressure building up in Eddie. It seems to me that Eddie offers Rodolpho to a boxing match to release his anger after watching him and Catherine dance to a very symbolic song, paper doll. When Eddie first asks Rodolpho to dance, strong tension is built within the audience, because we have already been hinted by Alfieri that something bad is going to happen, and this is the ideal moment for this to happen. Eddie says to Rodolpho, 'Come on kid, you can't hurt me'. This is ironic because although Rodolpho may not possess the strength to physically hurt Eddie, his is causing him mass amounts of emotional pain, just sharing feelings with Catherine. The stage directions also have a huge effect in this part of the play, 'He has bent the rolled paper and it suddenly tears in two'. This tells the audience that Eddie has had enough of Rodolpho, and that all his anger and true feelings for Catherine are boiling over. Also this hints to the Audience that something bad is about to happen, because Eddie twisting the newspaper in two pieces shows that it has all become too much for him and he has to let his anger out. ...read more.


Both men are hard working family men and they both show physical strength and would prepare to fight to protect their family. Towards the end of the scene my feelings for Eddie have changed. Before the scene I saw Eddie to be a mentally and physically strong man, but you really notice how his feelings for Catherine have made him fall to his knees. I feel sorry for Eddie because he genuinely think he is doing the right thing by hurting Rodolpho to protect Catherine, and he can't see the damage he is doing to the Carbone family or the relationships he shares with the two immigrants. You see how powerless he becomes before the end, he is the only man in his corner with the rest of the family in the other, and he feels deflated and powerless. Being the alpha male Eddie will not be used to being in this position and being as mentally weak as he has become you really cannot predict what he will possibly do next. The drama follows Eddie in the play as he shows he will do absolutely anything to protect Catherine, it shows that he is losing trust from his family members and they are disagreeing with his actions and siding with Rodolpho. You feel as though there is no hope for Eddie. ...read more.

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