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In 'A View from the Bridge", how does Catherine's relationship with Eddie develop as the play progresses?

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[Type text][Type text][Type text] How does Catherine's relationship with Eddie develop as the play progresses? In Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge, Eddie's relationship with his niece, Catherine, continually alter over the course of the play. Though Eddie's affection towards Catherine never seems to falter, as Catherine grows and matures, her attitude towards Eddie becomes increasingly aggressive, contrasting vividly between the two acts. The developing relationships are made obvious at certain intervals where significant incidents occur, leading to drastic permutations in Catherine's demeanor towards Eddie. Arthur Miller portrays these changes through use of various set directions and tones, which combine to create the differing characters and development of relationships. Initially, at the beginning of Act One, Catherine craves Eddie's approval. When he condemns her for the fact that she has been ?walkin' wavy? and the length of her skirt, Catherine is ?almost in tears? from angst at Eddie's chastise, imploring with him ?what do you want me to do??. She then asks ?do you want me to..? before he interrupts her with ?Now don't get mad, kid?. ...read more.


When Eddie intersects Catherine and Rodolpho as they return from the ?pictures?, he seems saddened, ?trying to smile? as he confronts her. Eddie's demeanor changes after Catherine admits that she ?likes? Rodolpho, accusing him of using her to become an American citizen. Catherine's response is immediate denial and hurt at his allegation. She ?sobs?, demanding that he ?stops? as they enter the house. This scene is a turning point in their relationship. For the first time, Catherine is defying Eddie's superiority, choosing instead not to believe his claims. Being in a serious relationship, she has begun to grow apart from Eddie and not depend on him as much, which in turn upsets Eddie, who attempts to regain her adoration. Though in the past, Catherine may have trusted Eddie's impeachments, her defiance is an act of choosing Rodolpho over Eddie, illustrating her shift from a child to a woman. For the remainder of Act One, Catherine continues to mature through her relationship with Rodolpho, causing her interactions with Eddie to become exceedingly stilted and tense. ...read more.


On the day of her wedding, Eddie gives Beatrice an ultimatum, to be on his ?side? or ?their side?. At this, Catherine loses her temper and insults Eddie, comparing him to a rat that ?belongs in the sewer?. Though her words are aggressive and callous, Catherine ?weeps? as she says such, illustrating her upset at the way in which their relationship, among other factors, turned out. Catherine tells Eddie, after he has been stabbed that she ?never meant to hurt? him, imploring him to understand her situation before his demise. This conveys that although she may have matured and become her own person, Eddie will still always remain a key influence in her life. Throughout A View from the Bridge, Catherine's relationship with Eddie seems to digress rather than develop, as she grows and appreciates love. However, underlying their tension and her need for independence, Catherine is portrayed as always desiring Eddie's approval. Initially, this is very obvious, but is still apparent when Eddie makes an effort to include Rodolpho, and yet again at the end of the performance, when she begs Eddie to comprehend her perceptions. Though Catherine is less apparent of her love for Eddie, she continues to love him, and crave his love for her. ...read more.

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