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I have chosen to look at the emotion love and the part it plays in affecting the storyline. In 'A View From the Bridge' by Arthur Miller most of the characters' actions are fuelled by love.

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There are many emotions in the play: Love, hatred, jealousy, and anger. Write about one and how it is presented in the play. I have chosen to look at the emotion love and the part it plays in affecting the storyline. In 'A View From the Bridge' by Arthur Miller most of the characters' actions are fuelled by love. Love drives all the other main emotions in the play. However there are question marks over both the central loving relationships, that of Eddie and Catherine's and Eddie and Beatrice's. Catherine's love for Eddie is that of a daughter for her father as she calls him 'the sweetest guy'. She has a doting daughter's attitude. Catherine cares for Eddie and goes out of her way to please him 'What do you want me to do?' she asks him upset when he disapproves of her skirt. She wants very much to please him. But Eddie is very hard to please, as he is far too overprotective of her. ...read more.

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Eddie's obsessive attitude towards Catherine seems strange to everyone except Eddie 'She can't marry you, can she?' Alfieri says trying to explain how others might see his behaviour. To everyone else Eddie seems to be perversely in love with Catherine and wants her for himself. I believe this is not the case, I believe Eddie has become used to Catherine's love for him that he cannot bear to see her adorning her affection on anyone else. The stage direction 'with a sense of her childhood, her babyhood and the years' describes the great sense of loss Eddie feels as he has cared and loved her all her life. Beatrice remains faithful to Eddie throughout although she is frustrated, 'When am I gonna be a wife again, Eddie?' she tells him, desperate from him to forget about Catherine and go back to caring for her. Beatrice's love for Eddie is one of the strongest in the play, she wants desperately for Eddie to pay her the attention she deserves as a loving wife. ...read more.

Conclusion

It is Eddie's deep love that drives him to use all force necessary to have what he believes to be his Catherine. This unfaltering love to the bitter end is misunderstood by Marco 'He degraded my brother. My blood.' Marco says; he cannot see why Eddie turned him and Rodolfo into the police. But it is obvious to the reader that it was Eddies' love that compelled his actions and not his hatred for Marco and his brother. Eddies' love finally leads him to his death 'You lied about me Marco' Eddie cries before lunging at him. This is Eddies last desperate attempt to win back his dignity. Eddies' love has driven him to a point where he has no other option but to follow his feelings to the end. The fate of Eddie Carbone is a tragic one as his obsessive feelings towards Catherine took control of him and his actions that followed he could not help. I believe the story is a testament to the power of love and how once it has infected someone in a certain way; they are powerless to stop it. Emlyn Roberts Pluto10X ...read more.

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