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A view from the bridge

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A View from the Bridge The main characters in 'A View from the Bridge' are Catherine, Eddie, Beatrice, Marco, Rodolfo and Alfieri. Eddie is the uncle of Catherine and husband of Beatrice. '(He is forty, a husky and slightly overweight longshoreman.)' Catherine is the niece of Eddie and is 17. Her parents died when she was young so Beatrice and Eddie are looking after her. Beatrice is the wife of Eddie. She is a middle-aged woman who has two cousins Marco and Rodolfo. Marco is a tall, strong man who has come from Italy to make some money for his wife and three kids who are four, five and six. Rodolfo is a young handsome man, who has followed his brother to America because he wants to be an American. Alfieri is probably the smartest person, he is in his fifties and he is a lawyer and the narrator of the play. The play 'A view from the Bridge' was set in the 1950's after World War 2. The play took place in Brooklyn, New York. In these times, large numbers of people went to America as illegal immigrants because there were financial problems where they came from or they couldn't find any work. In Italy, the majority of the people never had work and they had financial problems. The main reason people never had work was because of World War 2. This brought disaster to many countries. In the area of Brooklyn where Eddie and the family stayed, most illegal immigrants were dockers. Compared to how Americans lived, life in Italy was a lot worse. ...read more.

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'I don't like the neighborhood over there.' 'What job? She's gonna finish school.' Secondly, when Marco and Rodolfo turned up at the house it was like love at first sight for Rodolfo and Catherine. And I think that this is the turning point in Catherine and Eddie's relationship. Eddie embarrasses Catherine in front of everyone asking her why she is wearing high heels. 'What's the high heels for, Garbo?' In the stage directions, it shows that Catherine was embarrassed and angry with Eddie. '(EMBARRASSED now, angered, Catherine goes out into the bedroom.)' The living arrangement in the Carbone's affects the relationship between Eddie and Catherine, because it adds pressure to the situation about Catherine and her job. And because Marco and Rodolfo turn up it increases Eddie's hatred towards Rodolfo, because it is like love at first sight for him and Catherine. Also Eddie doesn't want to let her go. When Catherine asked Rodolfo if he liked sugar he responded by saying he liked sugar very much in a loving way. 'You like sugar?' 'Sugar? Yes! I like sugar very much!' The stage directions show that Eddie's face is full of anger towards Rodolfo. '(EDDIE is downstage, watching as she pours a spoonful of sugar into his cup, his face puffed with trouble, and the room dies.)' Catherine starts to try and assert her independence after Beatrice speaks to her. This is the stage when Eddie made up an excuse about Rodolfo using Catherine to get his papers. Catherine ran into the house crying, and this is when Beatrice told her to assert her independence. ...read more.

Conclusion

Beatrice is on the side of Eddie because she still loves him. From the time when Marco and Rodolfo move upstairs, Catherine's loyalty to Eddie changes to Rodolfo. 'I mean you be surprised, it don't have to be him.' 'No we made it up already.' '(With increasing anxiety) Katie, wait a minute.' 'No, I made up my mind.' Personally, I think everybody is affected by Eddie's actions, but the main people are Marco and Beatrice. Marco is affected because he can't stand to see his brother being criticized by Eddie. Beatrice is affected because she loves Eddie and she wants the best for everyone. 'Listen to me, I love you.' At the end of the play the character that has my sympathy is Marco. He now has to go back to Italy. Before he was trying to make money for his wife because his kids had no food. I think that the tragedy could have been avoided if Marco just gave Eddie back his name to make him happy. I think that Alfieri has a view from the bridge. The reason for this is because Alfieri is like the person who gives advice to Eddie. Also, he is like the smartest person out of the whole community looking down on everybody else. In my opinion, Eddie could have stopped himself if he had just let Catherine go but he didn't want to do that, he wanted Rodolfo to go so that he would have Catherine to himself. I think that Eddie would have wanted to die on the streets than stay alive knowing that Rodolfo and Catherine were getting married. - 1 - Bezaleel English coursework Mr. Oldham ...read more.

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