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"A View from the Bridge" tells the story of a family ripped apart by lust and jealousy, set in an apartment building in the urban landscape that is Brooklyn.

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By Andrew Swale "A View from the Bridge" tells the story of a family ripped apart by lust and jealousy, set in an apartment building in the urban landscape that is Brooklyn. A tragedy of universal consequences, "A View from the Bridge" plays a didactic role to the audience and the reader. During the play, you can see the inevitable is going to happen as the tension gradually builds up. The play is a modern Greek tragedy and could also be compared to 'Macbeth'. At the end of it all the audience has been put 'through the mill', they have been purged. Visual imagery is also an important part of a play, as we see near the end of Act 1. Rodolfo is dancing with Catherine as the scene starts. As they are dancing, Eddie is unconsciously twisting the newspaper he holds in his hand into a tight ball as he talks to Beatrice about Rodolfo. Is Eddie twisting Rodolfo, the 'paper doll'? ...read more.

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This is a very big moment of tension in the play. Marco proves he is stronger than Eddie by lifting a chair by one leg, something Eddie can't do. This is a big visual pun in the play which would have the audience gripped. By doing this, he warns Eddie; I quote, "The chair raised like a weapon over Eddie's head", and, "he transforms what might appear like a glare of warning into a smile of triumph, and Eddies grin vanishes as he absorbs his look." Eddie is humiliated and this moment is one big step towards Eddie's downfall. When reading the play, visual imagery is important, especially when Rodolfo and Catherine are talking and then enter the bedroom: "If I take in my hands a little bird. And she grows and wishes to fly. But I will not let her out of my hands because I love her so much." When watching the play, it can become so much more obvious what is going on than when merely reading the text. Not long after Catherine and Rodolfo have entered the bedroom, Eddie appears. ...read more.

Conclusion

Is this another hint to Eddie being a closet homosexual or has he just kissed Rodolfo to try and disguise the fact he kissed Catherine? Then he could just say afterwards that he kissed everyone and that it didn't mean anything, he even kissed Rodolfo. This would be a pretty convincing explanation as he was drunk and wouldn't know what he was doing. Eddie then threatens Rodolfo that if he doesn't leave now without touching Catherine, he'll leave dead. He uses a euphemism, "unless you wanna go out feet first." "A View from the Bridge" contains a lot of tension and in the end Eddie is killed. The audience could see the inevitable was going to happen. Eddie was like a snowball rolling down the hill as he came to his downfall. Greek tragedy is very similar to this - the tragic hero dies but realises his faults beforehand. The tragic hero is Eddie and his Achilles' heel is his lust for Catherine and his jealousy of Rodolfo. Though many people disliked Eddie in the end, in a way he was honest and he stood up for what he believed. ...read more.

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