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A view from the bridge Discuss how miller shows the audience how tension increases between Catherine and Eddie in Act 1.

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A view from the bridge Discuss how miller shows the audience how tension increases between Catherine and Eddie in Act 1. The play "A View from the Bridge" is set in Red Hook, Brooklyn, in the 1950's. The main character, Eddie Carbone, lives with his wife, Beatrice, and his 17year old niece (who he has brought up as his daughter) Catherine. Eddie is a typical 1950's man. He works as a longshoreman whilst making sure his wife stays at home, taking the role of 'the little housewife', and that his 'daughter' goes to school to get a good education. Eddie Carbone is a very proud and very strong-willed man. He likes to feel in control of himself, his family and his home, and because of this, he will not allow himself to be criticized. Eddie is a very possessive over his 'daughter' and becomes almost obsessed with what he thinks is her welfare, but clearly isn't, and he is in fact jealous that he is no longer the only man in her life. At the beginning of Act1, Eddie seems like an ordinary hard working man and his outer appearance looks tough and strong. ...read more.

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Throughout the play Eddie has been a father like figure to Catherine, but he still treats her like a kid, just as Catherine says, 'I'm not gonna be a baby any more'. Some may say that Eddie is just looking out for her, and some may say that there is a little more than father like love between Eddie and Catherine and that Eddie is obsessed with Catherine. I think that this scene is important to the play because it shows the build up of tension between Eddie and Rodolpho, and how Catherine and Rodolpho love each other, but there is also a lot of love between Eddie and Catherine and Catherine doesn't want Eddie to get hurt. At the start of the play Eddie just seems like a caring uncle, but as the play goes on Eddie gets more protective and doesn't care for Catherine's feelings. Alfieri comments that Eddie has "allowed himself to be wholly known." All of this is exacerbated when two of Beatrice's cousins arrive as illegal immigrants from Sicily. Marco was portrayed as a quiet fellow who just wants to send money back to his ill and starving family. ...read more.

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He speaks about Vinnie with great disgust as to how someone can 'snitch' on their own family, but the irony is that Eddie does exactly the same thing when he calls the immigration. Although I think he knows exactly what he is doing is exactly the same as what Vinnie did to his family, I think he feels he is right in doing what he did, because he thinks he is protecting Catherine by stopping her marrying Rodolpo. Ironically, it only brings the two of them closer, as he realises, marrying is the only way Rodolpho will be able to stay in America. In his eyes, Eddie himself can never be wrong in something he says, because he is typically a 1950's man, and believes that the man is correct, and the women should follow. Each of the other characters have different views on Eddie, and these views are seen to change, as they actually realise he is not the man they all originally believed him to be. This scene is important to the play, 'A View from the Bridge' because it adds a lot of love, hate, jealousy, and tension between the three characters. This scene is also important to the play because it reveals different themes, and shows changes in character loyalties. Mary Ewumi 1 ...read more.

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