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'A View from the Bridge' - How does Arthur Miller show the strains on the Carbone household in the scene where the audience first meets Eddie, Catherine and Beatrice.

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A View from the Bridge How does Arthur Miller show the strains on the Carbone household in the scene where the audience first meets Eddie, Catherine and Beatrice. 'A View from the Bridge' is a story of Eddie Carbone an Italian longshoreman working on the New York docks. He is an immigrant who has worked hard to bring up his wife's niece, Catherine. His wife, Beatrice, is close to Eddie but the relationship between them is not good as they have been through a bad patch and have not had sex for some time. Eddie is too close to Catherine and is over protective about her. He loves her like she were his girlfriend and he does not like any men, getting involved or looking at her. However, things are about to change when his wife's cousins, Marco and Rodolpho, seek refuge as illegal immigrants from Sicily. It is the Sicilian code of honour that they should be protected. Eddie agrees to shelter them but little does he know that Catherine would fall in love with Rodolpho. Eddie is blinded with insane and jealousy. In the end he commits an unforgivable crime to get rid of Rodolpho, even though the consequences were that he will be a hated outcast from his community. Eddie informs on Marco and Rodolpho to the authorities. Marco and Rodolpho are arrested but when Marco gets out on bail he murders Eddie. In the scene where we meet Eddie, Catherine and Beatrice: Eddie and one of his workmates, Louis, have just finished their job and are going home. As Eddie goes home he sees Catherine waving to Louis. Catherine greets Eddie and shows him her new skirt. Catherine sits Eddie down and waits for Beatrice (in the Kitchen) to come so that she can say her news. Eddie compliments Catherine on how nice her skirt looks but also complains. ...read more.

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By this probably she means that Catherine is growing and understands more. Catherine is turning into a woman and has to take care of herself. Beatrice is probably trying to say that Catherine is going to feel sick as she grows older and realises how Eddie treats her, perhaps she did not realise it when she was younger. Arthur Miller shows the relationship between Eddie and Beatrice by the atmosphere between them and the way they act towards each other. Eddie does not show his love to Beatrice as a loving husband loves his wife. Beatrice on the other hand is a bit scared of Eddie as we see when she says, "I'm afraid that if it don't turn out good you'll be mad at me". She also despises him and is very angered when Eddie protects Catherine too much. The relationship between Eddie and Catherine is very different from the relationship between Eddie and Beatrice. Eddie loves Catherine almost like a lover, although he never really admits this to himself. Eddie is over protective of Catherine and wants to keep her as a child. Eddie asks Catherine, "Where you goin all dressed up?" (Page 5, line 13), in his mind probably he is thinking that Catherine is going out to meet some men. It also bothers Eddie so much that Catherine is 'walking wavy' he probably says this because he does not want Catherine to attract any men on the street. However, their relationship is more like girlfriend and boyfriend although they never admit it to themselves. Straight away and throughout the first scene we already see signs of the relationship between Eddie and Catherine. At the starting of the play, when Eddie comes home from work, Eddie sees Catherine waving to Louis, Eddie is pleased and therefore shy about it. Eddie gives Catherine a lot of compliments (Beautiful, its nice etc). He does this to please Catherine. ...read more.

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Eddie will be needed to protect her from the outside world. Therefore, Eddie could explain his feelings by mercifully thinking that Catherine is still a child and needs protection from him. By keeping Catherine as a child he will be refused by himself to see her as a woman. The arrival of Marco and Rodolpho into the house sparks of events that will follow because their arrival increases the tension in the atmosphere of the Carbone household. We see examples of this when Eddie seems a bit put out that Rodolpho and Marco are coming. He says, interestingly, that he fears 'they'll be in our beds'. This suggests that Eddie might have some unconscious worries that Marco and Rodolpho would take over the house or be sleeping with Catherine. However, I think that the tragedy would have happened anyway, whether Marco and Rodolpho came or not because Catherine would have fallen in love with somebody else anyway, either at work, school or from her neighbourhood. The outcome of the play is really prepared for in this first scene because the arrival of two men living under the same roof as a young, single woman would bound to cause some relationship between them, whether it be emotionally, attraction or friendly. Eddie's feelings are too strong, his personality is too fixed, the culture he grew up within is too dominant for him to escape and so Eddie is blinded by his insanity and jealousy and gets rid of Marco and Rodolpho although he knows it will mean that he will be hated outcast from his community. In conclusion I think Arthur Miller show the strains on the Carbone household in the scene where the audience first meets Eddie, Catherine and Beatrice by showing the relationship and attitude Eddie shows openly and intentionally towards Beatrice compared with Catherine, the way Beatrice and Catherine responds their feelings towards Eddie and how Eddie's character is displayed as the man of the house and everyone who lives in the Carbone household lives under his rule and that Eddie's tragedy is inevitable. Alomgir Karim 11M Page 1 07/05/2007 3892 ...read more.

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