• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How Does The Relationship Between Eddie and Catherine Bring Out The Important Themes In The Play?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

How Does The Relationship Between Eddie and Catherine Bring Out The Important Themes In The Play? The relationship between Eddie and Catherine alters, from at first showing us family values and respect to later concentrating on the theme of betrayal. At the start of the play, both Eddie and Catherine are compassionate towards each other, and family loyalty is evident in the way that Catherine serves and respects Eddie. However, as his incestuous ambitions towards her grow, she grows in power and maturity and falls in love with Rodolfo, betraying Eddie. As a result, Eddie is jealous and he too betrays the family loyalty and breaks the Sicilian code of honour, and eventually fate leads the play to end in Greek tragedy, where Eddie is the 'flawed hero'. Family values are clear between Catherine and Eddie, where it is clear that they mutually love each other in a compassionate way. ...read more.

Middle

Eddie's dislikes of Rodolfo are clearly irrational, and are made as a result of his jealousy of Rodolfo's relationship with Catherine. In the Carbone household, Eddie has always been the masculine figure who attracts the attention, but with the introduction of Rodolfo in the household, the attention shifts towards Rodolfo's way. Eddie clearly dislikes this because he wants Catherine's full attention, and when Rodolfo sings, the playwright informs us that 'Eddie rises and moves upstage'. As a result of his jealous ways, Eddie betrays his family loyalty with Rodolfo by insulting him and he tries to patronise Catherine, leaving her 'pained' and 'sobbing'. He irrationally says: 'That's right. He marries you he's got the right to be an American citizen. That's what's goin' on here.' Although it is clear to the audience that Rodolfo truly loves Catherine, Eddie suggests to Catherine that he is using her to become an American citizen, and that once he gets his right in America he will leave her. ...read more.

Conclusion

Immediately after this, the playwright informs us that 'a phone booth begins to glow on the opposite side of the stage', which theatrically shows that Eddie will call immigration. However this is done as a desperate measure which Eddie had not thoroughly thought about, which leads the audience to sympathise with him once he loses his honour. By reporting these immigrants, he breaks the Sicilian code of honour, which is so powerful that he loses his community respect, his reputation, Catherine and eventually it costs him his life. Catherine is at first compassionate and respectful towards Eddie's irrational and dominating ways, but as she grows in maturity, Eddie's feelings for her too grow, but she falls in love with Rodolfo. As a result, Eddie is left feeling jealous and he breaks the Sicilian code of honour by phoning immigration. As a result of his betrayal, he looses his rep reputation, Catherine and eventually it costs him his life. Homework 'A View From The Bridge' February Half Term Ravi Dewji 11S ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Arthur Miller section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month
  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work