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"A View From The Bridge" is a play that deals with complex human relationships - Write a detailed study of at least three of these relationships, making clear their dramatic function in the play.

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"A View From The Bridge" is a play that deals with complex human relationships. Write a detailed study of at least three of these relationships, making clear their dramatic function in the play. In the play, "A View From The Bridge", we are faced with emotions that we have probably all felt or will feel during our lifetime. However, when these emotions are taken to extremes, it could lead to unimaginable consequences. Covered here are some of the more complex and intriguing relationships that shape the whole play, from beginning to end, from the innocent love of a young woman to the dark sinister workings of a mind driven beyond logic and reason. One of the most interesting and complicated relationships in the play is that of Eddie and Catherine. Catherine is Eddie's niece through marriage and has been cared and provided for by him ever since her mother died whilst she was still a baby; "with a sense of her childhood, her babyhood, and the years" and during that time, they have grown very close, Eddie treats her like his own daughter. He likes it when she greets him when he gets home, when she treats him like a father; "Eddie is pleased and therefore shy about it..." However, as revealed later the play, Catherine thinks of Eddie as more than an uncle or a father, she thinks of him almost as her husband; "If I was a wife I would... now I'm supposed to turn around a make a stranger out of him?" She was originally talking about Beatrice but towards the end of the sentence, she was talking about herself, putting herself in Beatrice's place as though she was the wife that was making s stranger out of the husband. Catherine matches Eddie's love for her perfectly, seeking his approval in everything she does, she is eager to please him and is happy when he is happy; "You like it?" ...read more.

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But maybe the family issue was one of the reasons Eddie prefers Marco, he knows where he stands knows that Catherine has no chance with Marco. From the very beginning of the play when Beatrice's cousins first arrive, Catherine has taken an interest in Rodolpho, asking him if he's married or not and if he likes sugar. Eddie is rather hostile towards Rodolpho, at first it may have been an unconscious hostility, before Eddie himself even recognised his jealousy. He definitely denied that it was jealousy; "(Jealous) Of him? Boy, you don't think much of me." I feel that the fact the Eddie's keeping him in his house as a guest makes Rodolpho different from the rest of the men who he's had to pry away from Catherine; he feels responsible for him and because of this he feels more contempt for him due to the personal ties. With the other men, Eddie can just brush them off, but with Rodolpho, it's different; he is related to his wife which means he is related to Eddie who feels the full backlash of his flamboyancy and actions in public. "Paper doll they're calling him, Canary" and "Why? What'd he do?" are fine examples of his embarrassment and paranoia, as though every comment made about Rodolpho is negative and directed at him so he's being very defensive, trying to defend himself rather than Rodolpho. Eddie sees most of the good qualities others see in Rodolpho as bad he is distorting everything he hears and moulding it to fit in with his own ideas. Because if their family ties, Eddie feels more strongly towards Rodolpho, he feels self pity perhaps, he uses his bed, his house, eat the food he provides and repays him by embarrassing him, taking the person he loved... everything just builds up to a point of intensive hatred. He often spoke of his dislike of Rodolpho; "He gives me the heebie-jeebies" "I don't like his whole way" and also hinted at his doubts ...read more.

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From that moment onwards, Catherine sheds her "little girl" persona and takes control of her life. It's quite a drastic change even though the next time she sees Eddie, she still needed a slight push from Beatrice to get her going, Beatrice being the driving force behind Catherine's personal revolution; "Well, you said the movie ended late, didn't you?... Well, tell him, honey. " Catherine started to rebel against Eddie, instead of taking in everything he says like she used to do, she starts to challenge his views and opinions; "It's true Eddie" she says when he casts her a look during her announcement that Beatrice's cousins went to Africa. "(flushes with revolt)You wanna dance Rodolpho?" is showing it in such clarity, Catherine is changing and Eddie is utterly bewildered. Beatrice's relationship with Catherine changes as Catherine becomes more and more independent and doubtful of Eddie. Beatrice, being the neutral party and loving them both, was torn between the two, she could no longer stand with one person when the divisions are so extreme. In the end, her loyalty falls with her husband and she feels that she has to deny Catherine's invitation to her wedding to be with Eddie. In the end, Beatrice's devotion and sense of her role as wife, and probably fear at what Eddie is going to do, shifts her whole standpoint and it's almost as if she's regretting her attempts to change Catherine. "(shaking Catherine) Don't call him that!... Stop it!" Beatrice is really being tested now but once again, she's become the third wheel and the peacekeeper. The argument is between Eddie and Catherine, just as the love was between them two at the start of the play. Beatrice is never really appreciated by either Eddie or Catherine despite the major role she plays. It is at the end when Eddie is dying that he finally realises that his heart lies with Beatrice and Beatrice alone; "My B!" he say before finally passing away in her arms. Wen-Xi Chen //10English1 ...read more.

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