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A view from the bridge essay

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Introduction

English CW-Essay Look at the opening scene between Eddie and Catherine (Pages 5 - 12) and the scene in which Catherine has just returned from the picture house. (Pages 26 - 31). How do these scenes foreshadow the breakdown in Eddie and Catherine's Relationship? A View from The Bridge is a play set in the 1940s in America. The themes of the play are love, honour, poverty, and mainly immigration. These are all factors that contribute to the breakdown between Eddie and Catherine's relationship. In both the key scenes, there is growing conflict between the two main characters. These are Catherine and Eddie. There is the main characters wife's cousins who migrate illegally from Italy, one of whom that falls in love with Eddies niece, Catherine. The breakdown of the relationship between Eddie and Catherine can be foreshadowed through the genre, dramatic irony, context, language, characterisation, themes and stage directions. The genre of this play is tragedy. This means that the central character, the protagonist dies at the end. The protagonist who is Eddie is fine but his/her fate is imperfect because of a flaw in the character. ...read more.

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The breakdown can be foreshadowed here because when she grows up, Eddie will be confused about where and if to let her work, and Catherine will retaliate. Eddie wants Catherine to achieve his version of the American dream which is education and this leads to a breakdown in their relationship. He wants her to complete her education as that is one of the primary reasons of him migrating from Italy to America. He knows how tough life is for the uneducated with the heavy labour and necessity for strength. Eddie knows that Catherine is a girl and doesn't want her to go through a hard time and that is primarily why he wants her to get sufficient education. The American Dream is a very important part of the play. The breakdown of their relationship can be foreshadowed there because if she does not get an adequate education it will lead to lots of tensions. Catherine's language shows that she is trying to please Eddie and you can foreshadow a breakdown in their relationship. There is lots of evidence of this in the first key scene. For example, when Eddie and Catherine are discussing her getting a job Eddie starts feeling distressed because he thinks that she's going to be independent one day and abandon him. ...read more.

Conclusion

Alfieri's words to the audience foreshadow a breakdown in their relationship. This is because things have got so worse in their family that Eddie had to go seek legal advice and Alfieri tells him that the only solution is calling the department of immigration on him. He says "Because there's nothing illegal about a girl falling in love with an immigrant." The reason why he uses the word "nothing" rather than "hardly anything" is because snitching on immigration about your fellow Italian is considered really bad. If someone does this they are stripped in their community of all their honour. This is how terrible the situation is! Since Eddie knows about his only option he has, we can foreshadow a breakdown in their relationship because he might just go and make the phone call to Immigration's department that we all fear. The main point that led to the breakdown in their relationship is the fact that Eddie was so overprotective. This was because he got in the way of everything Catherine done. At first, it was fine but then as she became more and more aware of her surroundings, he really started getting on her nerves. This had to happen one day or the other and it happened. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sadpal Singh Souni ...read more.

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