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A View From The Bridge

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Introduction

"A View from the Bridge" 'A View from the Bridge' is a play from Arthur Miller. He modelled the base of the play upon the Greek Tragedies that incorporated the hero and leading their life, showing the audience their heroic qualities. At some point, the hero of the play would be taken down, most likely killed, because of a fatal flaw, a weakness that exposes the hero for his faults, and brings them down from their heroic status, possibly even becoming a villain. The play, "A View from the Bridge" has its own modern hero in the form of Eddie Carbone, a seemingly ordinary man who works nearly every day on the docks of New York, and lives with his niece, Catherine, and his wife Beatrice, in an Italian-American neighbourhood where many ideals and beliefs are shared across this community. At the start of the play, a lawyer named Alfieri introduces the neighbourhood to the audience, and to Eddie, starting the play. We see Eddie first as an influential figure for Catherine, as she wants Eddie's opinion on how she looks "You like it...he's here B?" This is the audience's first sign of a hero in Eddie, respect from others, and others willing to hear your words. The audience sees Catherine kneeling by Eddie's armchair, physically showing the audience her respect for Eddie. ...read more.

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He really is being shown to the audience as a bit of warmth/light to the play, as most of the play has been very dark and has lots of talking about worries. Rodolfo does play a bigger part in the play, as he does impress Catherine with his singing skills, but makes an enemy in Eddie. Here, we see the flaws of Eddie revealed a bit more as we see him in what the audience can clearly see as an overprotective flaw in him for Catherine, which starts to affect others around him, the start of Eddie's effect on others. Eddie insults Catherine, adding to the numerous references to her looks in this play. She gets mad at Eddie and runs of to her room. After Rodolfo's impression on Catherine, they are now together in a relationship. Eddie and Beatrice get into another argument about Catherine, and now the audience can see there is a lot more meaning to their arguing, and the start of the sexual theme in the play. The subject of the argument shifts from Catherine to Beatrice's worries, which she reveals. She asks Eddie a question, "When am I gonna be a wife again?" What she is asking Eddie is, "When are we gonna have sexual relations again?" Eddie doesn't want to talk about this issue, and gets a little mad at Beatrice. ...read more.

Conclusion

Rivalries are brought out. Marco and Rodolfo against Eddie. It all starts to form together for Act Two, the downfall of Eddie Carbone. Act Two starts off with a three-way confrontation between Eddie, Catherine and Rodolfo. A heavily drunken Eddie starts another argument with Rodolfo, the rivalry started between them is still seen by the audience, continued into the second act to develop. Then, Eddie kisses Catherine after she states she wants to leave. What was said before the kiss can leave to the audience to interpret what Eddie was saying to Catherine with that kiss. Firstly, the audience could see a true-love blossom out that kiss; Eddie's inhibitions revealed through the many drinks that he has had. And since most of the characters knew that their was a feeling of sexual tension between the two, Eddie had nothing to lose really. Secondly, the kiss could've just been used to get at Rodolfo, and further establish Eddie as a fallen hero in the eyes of the audience. Just before they kiss, Catherine says, "I'm not gonna be a baby any more!" Eddie could've been waiting for that moment, so that he could finally reveal his feelings without feeling bad about it. Moving further along in this scene, Eddie kisses Rodolfo. In Eddie's weird drunken sense, he could've just provoked Rodolfo even more by kissing his possible wife and then Rodolfo himself. But then, going back to act one, Eddie implies to the audience and Alfieri that Rodolfo is gay. ...read more.

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