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Explore the implications of Beatrice's words and say to what extent you agree with her assessment of what has happened.

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Post 1914 Drama Coursework 'A view from the Bridge' by Arthur Miller Task: "Then we all belong in the garbage. You, and me too ... whatever happened we all done it, and don't you ever forget it, Catherine." (Page 61) Explore the implications of Beatrice's words and say to what extent you agree with her assessment of what has happened. There are many relationships within the Carbone family, one being between Eddie and Beatrice, husband and wife. At the beginning of the play you can tell that Eddie and Beatrice's relationship is not warm and affectionate at the moment. There is a sense of love between them but they seem distant in some respect. They argue over Catherine's job opportunity, where at first Eddie disagrees about her having the job and is concerned about her and Beatrice encourages Catherine to take the job because it is a new experience for her. Beatrice gets annoyed with Eddie's actions easily as evident in this exchange: BEATRICE: "Listen, if nothin' happened to her in this neighbourhood it ain't gonna happen noplace else. (She turns his face to her.) Look, you gotta get used to it, (He turns his head away.) You hear me? (She is angering.) I don't understand you; she's seventeen years old, you gonna keep her in the house all her life?" Here you can see that Beatrice is getting annoyed with Eddie and tries to make him see that he can't protect her all her life, he has to let her go. You can see that there is more than what meets the eye in this situation from how Eddie and Beatrice react to each other, yet Catherine doesn't have a clue about what's going on except for the fact that they are talking about her job. As we read on there are more signs of trouble in the relationship between Eddie and Beatrice quoting, "She hurries out. ...read more.


Oh, there were many here who were justly shot by unjust men. Justice is very important here." Here he is trying to tell the audience that people sort out their own business in Red Hook and that they don't go through the legal procedures that are usually carried out, through lawyers, courts they head straight for the action and sort their business by themselves. This serves as another warning to the audience of what is to come. Things within the Carbone family are about to take a major change for the worse as the arrival of Beatrice's cousins. This is because of the facts that are set out for you before the cousins actually arrive; firstly there is the opening speech that Alfieri makes at the beginning of the play and Alfieri's hint at the action rolling on taking its own "bloody course". If we look at the three main characters in a more detailed way then maybe we would be able to decide whether what Beatrice said was true and whether we agree with her or not. The three main characters are obviously the members of the Carbone family; Eddie, Beatrice and Catherine. Eddie a caring man described by Alfieri: "He was as good a man as he had to be in a life that was hard and even. He worked on the piers when there was work, he brought home his pay, and he lived. ..." Through the course of the play you will; see that there is a major change in the way Eddie and Beatrice's relationship develops and Eddie and Catherine's as well - basically all the relationships within the Carbone family become distant and broken to an extent. Eddie grows apart from Beatrice, more then he was at the beginning of the play, prompting her question: "When am I gonna be a wife again, Eddie?" EDDIE: I ain't been feelin' good. ...read more.


The character of Alfieri is used as a narrator in this play, he comes in at key stages in the play and the fact that he is telling the story as well as being a character in the play makes it a bit more dramatic because he knows exactly what is going to happen yet we only have a little bit of an idea through what he says. Alfieri is talking about the Sicilian code of honour and the importance of having a good name in the community because he knows that something horrible is going to happen and is letting us into a few minor details so that we are left guessing what is going to happen. Eddie goes to him for help at key points in the play so that Miller can put across his opinion on what is going on and how things are going to take a turn for the worst for everyone. Miller shows sympathy for Eddie through the character of Alfieri: "Most of the time now we settle for half and I like it better. But the truth is holy, and even as I know how wrong he was, and his death useless, I tremble, for I confess something perversely pure calls to me from his memory - not purely good, but himself purely, for he allowed himself not to be wholly known and for that I think I would love him more then all my sensible clients. And yet, it is better to settle for half, it must be! And so I mourn him - I admit it - with a certain ... alarm." Now going back to the original question, I think that Beatrice is right to an extent about what she says; every one of the characters has a part to play in the ending of the play. She is right in saying that they all belong in the garbage because they all had a choice of doing what they did and not doing it so you can't really say they were forced to do it because they weren't. Meshaal Ihtasham 10L ...read more.

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