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A View From The Bridge, written by Arthur Miller, tells the story of Eddie Carbone, an Italian longshoreman living in Brooklyn, who becomes embroiled in a tragic dispute between his own family and two immigrant relations.

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A View From The Bridge A View From The Bridge, written by Arthur Miller, tells the story of Eddie Carbone, an Italian longshoreman living in Brooklyn, who becomes embroiled in a tragic dispute between his own family and two immigrant relations. One of the 'Submarines' named Rodolpho becomes emotionally attached to Eddie's niece- Catherine, for whom, we discover, Eddie also has strong feelings. This clash between two dominant characters ensues throughout the play, frequently leading to verbal and physical confrontations, usually over Catherine. To find out what causes this friction I will be analysing each character's motives and personality, starting with Eddie Carbone. Eddie is a hardworking man who works on the New York docks to earn for his family. He doesn't have a great education and so his vocabulary can occasionally be very poor and he uses language like; "sump'm," and grammatically incorrect phrases such as "Listen I could tell you things about Louis which you wouldn't wave to him no more". When Eddie is engaged in an argument, his speech seems to deteriorate, which angers him, as he cannot find the words to support what he wants to articulate, and ends up saying something incoherent. Catherine is a major figure in Eddie's existence, as her role is effectively as his daughter, although some may say his feelings towards her are more sexual than paternal. ...read more.

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And then I want to go back to Italy when I am rich." Eddie resents Rodolpho's self-orientated plans, as he is a traditional hardworking longshoreman who works solidly to earn his wages and it seems to Eddie that Rodolpho thinks he will become wealthy, without effort. Marco's influence for working in America was to earn money and provide for his struggling family back in Sicily, which Eddie respects this as he knows the importance of providing on behalf of your kin- "My wife - I want to send right away maybe twenty dollars" This again makes Rodolpho's influence look very egotistical. Another source of friction is Rodolpho's unusually 'natural' blond hair. His hair is a great concern to Eddie as he thinks he has dyed it, which is a very strange concept to him - "And with that wacky hair, he's like a chorus girl or sump'm". Eddie's conclusion of this is that Rodolpho is a homosexual or a "weird" as he puts it. His hair is not the only thing that leads him to this, as Rodolpho sings, makes dresses and can cook- "It's wonderful. He sings, he cooks, he makes dresses..." I feel Eddie undermines Rodolpho's multi-talents as he is used to being the dominant male in the household, but suddenly a new figure has arrived and stolen his limelight. ...read more.

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This attempt to convince everyone he is a homosexual backfires dramatically as they think he has a problem and are disgusted at what he has done -"what you done to him in front of her; you know what I'm talking about. She goes around shakin' all the time, she can't go to sleep! That's what you call responsible for her?" From my analysis of A View From The Bridge, I have concluded that the main supply of friction between Eddie Carbone and Rodolpho is the battle over Eddie's niece Catherine. Eddie has a strong relationship with Catherine but his role as a father figure is occasionally distorted by his emotions to her and his unwillingness to let her go. An example is when he refuses to let her work as a Stenographer and when Catherine says Rodolpho loves her, he tells her he is just using her to stay in America, which he has no proof of -"He marries you he's got the right to be an American. That's what's goin' on here." This bond is very important to Eddie and he resents Rodolpho for getting in the way of them and making a mock of him. To prevent him getting in between them, Eddie creates vindictive rumours to attempt to deter everyone in his microcosm from Rodolpho. Eddie then convinces himself these rumours are reality and so any friendship between the pair can never form. Tom Reeves 11FR ...read more.

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