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How Eddie's downfall is represented in scenes of A View from the Bridge.

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How Eddie's downfall is represented in scenes of A View from the Bridge. A View From The Bridge is a play set in 1955 New York written by Arthur Miller, about love, passion and jealousy, and how it can destroy and hurt people. A View From The Bridge is a kitchen-sink drama set in an Italian/American homogenous community. The play shows step by step, the tragedy of Eddie Carbone. Eddie Carbone is an Italian longshoreman working on the New York docks living with his wife, Beatrice, and his wife's niece, Catherine, who he has brought up since she was a little girl. When his wife's cousins, Marco and Rodolfo, seek refuge as illegal immigrants from Sicily, Eddie agrees to shelter them and let them stay at his place for a while. However, trouble begins when Catherine is attracted to the glamorous younger brother Rodolfo. Eddie becomes jealous and dislikes Rodolfo, which leads to the tragedy of Eddie Carbone. Alfieri, a New York lawyer to the family, says, "I could see every step coming, step after step..." I have been asked to analyse 3 scenes from A View From The Bridge that show Eddie's downward path. The first scene that I have chosen is when Eddie is waiting outside the house for Catherine and Rodolfo to return from the "Paramount". In this scene, we see Eddie and Beatrice have a conversation. ...read more.


During asking him, Eddie calls Rodolfo 'Danish', which he is using as an insult because of his blonde hair. Eddie knows that Rodolfo wont react, because he has been showing his authority and anger whilst speaking a minute ago. The mood is obviously a bit tense and nervous in the house, so Catherine offers to make some tea, trying to sound happy and pleased, but we know that she is obvious slightly worried and concerned. Eddie then asks Rodolfo if he has ever boxed, or knows how to. He says 'Betcha you've done some, 'eh?' Eddie cleverly introduces the subject of boxing, and by saying that he bets Rodolfo knows how to, he is implying that if Rodolfo seems to be able to do everything else, why can't he do this? He is questioning his masculinity, and by bringing up boxing, he knows he has the chance to treat him like a man and, as we see in the play, has the chance to hit him and get away with it. Eddie and Rodolfo then square up to each other, and put their arms up, and start to lightly box. Rodolfo is too nervous and scared to hit Eddie, but Eddie insists that he hits him properly, and he will show him how to block it. But as Rodolfo throws a punch at Eddie, Eddie blocks it and strikes him in the face, and Rodolfo is a bit surprised and staggers slightly. ...read more.


Eddie, full of rage and anger, then says 'You want something', suggesting they fight. Rodolfo says he just wants Catherine, his wife. Eddie is angered at knowing that Rodolfo, somebody he hates, is marrying Catherine, someone he loves. He then, out of nowhere, grabs him and kisses him. Catherine is outraged and pulls him free shouting at him. Eddie, after releasing Rodolfo, stands up, with tears on his cheeks, and starts to laugh, mocking Rodolfo. Catherine is horrified and stares at him, as if she doesn't know who he is anymore. The three then stand around, waiting for each other's reaction. Eddie, gesturing towards Rodolfo, says to Catherine 'You see?' Then he says to Rodolfo, I give you till tomorrow, get out of here, alone!' Eddie is saying this as if he feels he has won the argument, and that Catherine is on his side. But she continues to stand her ground and says she is going with him. Then after threatening Rodolfo, he leaves. This scene lets everyone see what Eddie was really thinking the whole time. It is a complete contrast to Eddie at the start of the play, and it just goes to show how much he really loved Catherine, and how jealous he was. The contrast shows us just how much he has changed, and how much worse he is after the last few months, showing how bad a spiral he was going down. Sam Fiske 10Gr ...read more.

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