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Discuss the relationship between Eddie and Catherine. How does it change? What part do other characters play in this?

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Discuss the relationship between Eddie and Catherine. How does it change? What part do other characters play in this? In a View from the Bridge, the relationship between Eddie and Catherine is extremely important. It's a complex relationship which changes completely throughout the play. The audience observes Eddie and Catherine's behaviour and can see that when Eddie exposes his true feelings for Catherine but she has only hatred, anger and resentment for him. Miller has set the play in the 1950s in the Italian quarter of New York, which is very cramped, isolated and dirty. Eddie is a typical 1950s man who works as a longshoreman. ...read more.

Middle

Eddie's jealousy becomes apparent and his relationship with Catherine grows weaker. Towards the end of act one, Catherine and Rodolfo are dating. Eddie and Catherine have a conversation about Catherine's feelings for Rodolfo. During this conversation Catherine announces 'Yeah. I like him'. Catherine's bluntness startles Eddie and as he dislikes Rodolfo he tries to convince Catherine that Rodolfo is only 'bowin to his passport' but she is 'pained' by this comment. Throughout the play, Catherine and Eddie's relationship continues to become more distant whilst Catherine's relationship with Rodolfo strengthens. By the end of act one Eddie physically shows his feelings towards Rodolfo when he 'feints with his left hand and lands with his right' during a boxing lesson which Eddie gives Rodolfo. ...read more.

Conclusion

Rodolfo is a crucial character as his arrival is what makes Catherine change. Beatrice is also an important character as she makes Catherine see that her relationship with Eddie isn't right but Catherine is 'moved at the prospect'. Overall, their relationship begins by being very close and ends up being distant and spiteful as Eddie is unable to portray his emotions. Catherine enjoys the way Eddie behaves towards her but she changes when Rodolfo arrives. Catherine's relationship with Rodolfo grows which results in her relationship with Eddie deteriorating. Moments before Eddie dies Catherine is feeling hatred and anger towards Eddie but she tells Eddie 'I never meant to do nothing bad to you'. This could be understood by the audience as Catherine admitting that she regrets some of her actions and partly blames herself for Eddie's death. ...read more.

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