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How far is Eddie responsible for his own death? Trace his gradual isolation during the course of the play and consider how this can be shown on stage.

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Introduction

How far is Eddie responsible for his own death? Trace his gradual isolation during the course of the play and consider how this can be shown on stage. The main cause behind Eddie's liability of his own death was his stubborn and inarticulate behaviour; these were the main causes of isolation from his only family. In the opening scene of the play 'A view from the bridge', after Alfieri's speech to the audience, we are shown the strong bond between Eddie and his niece Catherine. Catherine thinks highly of Eddie, 'You like it? I fixed it different. He's here B.!', and instantly looks for his approval. The overall feelings you see between these two characters are caring, concern but also control. 'She sits on her heels beside him', this is a good example of Eddie's control, and how Eddie is a dominant character within the family during the play. ...read more.

Middle

This is a situation Eddie is not comfortable with, however, as he is a man who struggles to show his feelings with the use of words, he instead makes the wrong move of embarrassing Catherine in front of their guests, 'What's the high heels for Garbo, do me a favour, will you? Go ahead.' Because of this comment he manages to upset both Catherine and Beatrice, as Beatrice doesn't agree with him upsetting Catherine. In the following scene between Eddie and Beatrice, his inarticulate manners yet again begin to isolate him even further from his family. Beatrice confronts Eddie bout their problems concerning their sex-life, however Eddie refuses to listen, or talk about the subject. If Eddie listened to Beatrice maybe situations could have been better, the less he talked to Beatrice the more distant they would become. Eddie has been centre of Catherine's world for a long time, and to accept change is not an easy thing for him to do. ...read more.

Conclusion

Eddie accuses Rodolfo of being gay, he is not a real man, and therefore cannot marry Catherine, but not everyone thinks the way Eddie does. When at home the tension is clear, Catherine asks Rodolfo if he would like to dance, this is an act of defiance, rubbing Eddie's nose in it for all the comments he has made towards Rodolfo. At first Rodolfo is reluctant, he has no idea what he has done wrong to offend Eddie and so does not want to do any further damage between them. This is a good scene to show Eddie isolating himself. When Rodolfo and Catherine get up to dance they should be in the middle of the room with the main light shining on them, Eddie has been so used to being centre of all attention, however now he has been shoved to the side. This reflects how Rodolfo is the main person in Catherine's life now. Eddie should become quick-tempered and act more tetchy becomes more teacts and talks towards the other characters. ...read more.

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