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Alfieri tells Eddie, 'There is too much love' and 'To let her go.' Discuss this Statement and it's Consequences.

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Michael Barnes 10a 29-11-02 English Coursework LS1 Alfieri tells Eddie, 'There is too much love' and 'To let her go.' Discuss this Statement and it's Consequences. "A View From the Bridge", written by Arthur Miller, is a play set on the edge of New York City in the 1940's by the docks. The characters live in an Italian community by Brooklyn Bridge. They do low-paid work, usually as long-shore men, and live in the shabbiest houses around. The main characters are the Carbone family, consisting of Eddie, the main character, Beatrice, his wife, and Catherine, their adopted daughter. Eddie and Beatrice immigrated to America as youths in hope of better living and new work, "the American Dream", as did many Italians. The community they live in is tight and stick to strict Italian traditions from their native country. ...read more.

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He comes across to me as a thoughtful, good humoured, well-educated man who Eddie respects greatly. He is also from an Italian origin. The opening speech immediately indicates a tragic ending, Alfieri tells us, "as powerless as I, and watched it run it's bloody course." The audience would feel some sympathy for Eddie, a father figure, who may only want what is best for his daughter, or so he tries to convince himself. It is obvious from the start of the play that there is a strong, loving relationship between Eddie and Catherine. Catherine repeatedly asks Eddie, " you like it?" which shows that she thinks a lot about Eddie's opinion, which shows great respect for her father. Most fathers are protective towards their children, this is natural, but Eddie's concern over Catherine comes to the point of being obsessive. ...read more.

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He responds with two phrases: * " That ain't what I wanted." * " That ain't what I had in mind." His repeated use of I suggests that he plans to run Catherine's life for her. Most parents would be proud of her achievement, maybe he was, or perhaps he just wants something better for her? I feel, personally, that he was scared of seeing Catherine move away from home or move on in her life. Maybe he feels this way because she is his only child, I think he may have reacted differently if he had more children? Although Eddie doesn't fully realise what he is doing to Catherine, Beatrice does. She warns Eddie, "you gonna keep her in the house all her life?" Beatrice is telling Eddie that she knows what he's doing. In Eddie's reaction, the stage directions say that Eddie is (insulted) This tells us that Eddie was surprised with that remark and can not see how over-protective of Catherine he is. ...read more.

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