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If you were directing A View from the Bridge, how would you hope your audience would react to the relationship between Catherine and Eddie?

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If you were directing A View from the Bridge, how would you hope your audience would react to the relationship between Catherine and Eddie? As a director of A View from the Bridge, I would want the audience to feel that there is a mixed relationship portrayed between Eddie and Catherine. This relationship varies throughout the play and in the end it completely disintegrates. Also I would need to emphasize the turning points so the audience would change their views at these points, which is what a director would want. As the play develops, certain pivotal scenes change the view of their relationship. Eddie should act as a father figure and be overprotective of her, as he just wants the best for her. I would want the audience to keep this in mind and subsequently adjust their views accordingly. The opening scene is one of the most crucial scenes because it introduces the characters of Eddie and Catherine. It is set in the home, which shows the close family relationship. Eddie is portrayed as an ordinary average guy who is a longshoreman and who works on the docks. We know that both Catherine and Eddie live together but we are unsure about their relationship. They are both friendly towards each other which may perhaps just be a normal friendship or they could be flirting. During this scene, it is shown by Catherine that she wants Eddie's approval of what she is wearing, "You like it? ...read more.

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Whilst in the room, Catherine questions Rodolfo about his motives, in which he is traumatized and was wondering if Eddie thought that too. This is because Eddie warns Catherine that he is after an American citizenship. She asks him, "Would you still want to do it if it turned out we had to go live in Italy" His reaction was, "No; I will not marry you in Italy. I want to be a citizen". At this instant I would want the audience to become conscious that Rodolfo wants to marry Catherine just to be an American Citizen and that they could change their minds later on. Catherine replies to this and says that she does not want to leave Eddie after what he has done for her (Eddie has treated her as a daughter and paid for her to go to extra classes of her interest after leaving high school.) She makes it sound that Eddie was an ex-lover or ex-husband of her, "You thinks it's so easy to turn around and say to a man he's noting' to you no more?" As a director I would want the audience to realize that Catherine is aware that she needs to grow up as she gets advice from Beatrice saying, "Beatrice says to be a woman". At this point Catherine gets aggravated as she makes it sound as if she has to choose between Rodolfo and Eddie, "I know him and now I'm supposed to turn around and make a stranger out of him." ...read more.

Conclusion

The kid was completely beaten up by his family and no-one wanted to know him after what he did. In an Italian family, the families need to be loyal to each other and if something goes wrong outside the family, the Sicilian community requires the law to be taken in hand and that justice should be done. I would want the audience to relate back to this during the last scene and keep this in mind as this is a sort of thing that Eddie had done but the consequences were much worse. If I was directing A View from the Bridge I would want my audience to see that there is a mixed relationship portrayed in this play. This is because of the actions, dialogue and motives used between the two characters. Throughout the play, I would want the audience to change their views on what they thought of the character of Eddie as he did some good quality things however he also did horrific things. The relationship between Eddie and Catherine would have never been further than an uncle and niece. Two relationships between, Eddie and Beatrice and Catherine and Rodolfo both got disturbed due to the actions undertaken by Eddie which affected the characters. I would want my audience to keep on re-evaluating their views on the relationship between Eddie and Catherine as this would make the play more interesting. Coming to the end of the play, the audience would have found out that Eddie did have feelings for Beatrice as his last words were 'My lovely B'. BY JULAN SHAH ...read more.

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