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A View from the Bridge Eddies two kisses, Start of Act 2

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A View from the Bridge - Eddie's two kisses, Start of Act 2 At the start of the scene, Miller emphasises the fact that Eddie is drunk as it is a key factor in how the rest of the scene pans out. As a result of Eddie being drunk, he is obviously not in control of his actions and is ultimately the reason why he kisses Catherine and later Rodolpho. Eddie's use of commands, "Pack it up. Go ahead. Get your stuff and get outa here", helps him to exert his dominance over Rodolpho by ordering him what to do. Eddie also gives these short, sharp statements in rapid succession leaving Rodolfo no time to respond to them or retaliate in any way so no further negotiations can occur. ...read more.

Middle

Eddie chooses not to respond verbally to Catherine, but uses actions instead. Eddie does this as we have seen from earlier in the play that Eddie is not particularly articulate, so he plays to his strengths, by using his physical dominance over Catherine to impose himself on her. By kissing Catherine and Rodolpho, Eddie hoped that he could humiliate Rodolpho and win Catherine back at the same time. Eddie was obviously influenced into the kisses by the alcohol but was also fuelled by his lust for Catherine and his hatred of Rodolpho. Both of the kisses break certain moral codes; kissing Catherine is practically incest and kissing Rodolpho is clearly homosexual. ...read more.

Conclusion

Throughout the scene, Eddie never addresses Rodolpho by his name, instead calling him "kid" or "submarine". The use of "kid" suggests a patronising tone, indicating that Eddie believes Rodolpho is not mature enough and he shouldn't be treated like an adult since he is so young and na�ve. Referring to Rodolpho as "Submarine", Eddie is implying that Rodolpho shouldn't really be here and he "oughta throw you back in the water" like an unwanted sea creature. Eddie also refers to Rodolfo as "that" which objectifies Rodolfo making him seem not human, just a 'thing'. Before calling him "that" Eddie 'indicates Rodolfo with his head' which shows how little he cares, that he can't be bothered to use his hand, and it is also a more animal gesture, which symbolises what this conversation has descended to. ...read more.

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