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In what ways does the relationship between Eddie and Beatrice change during the play?

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In what ways does the relationship between Eddie and Beatrice change during the play? The relationship between Eddie and Beatrice changes in a number of ways throughout the play. The changes are mainly fueled by Eddie's inappropriate desires towards Catherine. At the beginning of 'A View from the Bridge', Beatrice and Eddie are presented as having a loving and close relationship. Beatrice cares deeply for Eddie. This is evident when the family is waiting for the arrival of the cousins. Miller makes Beatrice display her concerns towards Eddie, 'I'm just worried about you, that's all I'm worried.' We understand that they have a mutual relationship when similarly; Eddie is able to calm Beatrice, 'don't worry about the walls'. However, we as the audience are given hints by Miller about problems in their relationship near the beginning of the play. When Beatrice tells Catherine not to change herself when she goes to work, Miller makes Eddie strangely resentful to Beatrice. ...read more.

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As the play progresses, we soon realize that there are many weaknesses in the bond between Eddie and Beatrice. Beatrice shows her dislike of the present home situation by asking Eddie, 'when am I going to be a wife again?' Apart from using this euphemism, she also voices that it has been 'three months' already. At this point of the play, Eddie feels that his masculinity has been challenged and declares that he wants no more conversations about it. He says 'I want my respect...what I feel like doing in bed and what I don't feel like doing'. This not only shows the strength of Eddie's illicit love towards Catherine, it also shows how he is not fully committed to his relationship with Beatrice. Miller manipulates the dialogue between Eddie and Beatrice to show the lack of communication between them. Their relationship is clearly deteriorating fast. The problems in the relationship between Eddie and Beatrice are magnified when we hear Beatrice speak harshly to Eddie. ...read more.

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I'll stay home'. What we don't see is the mutual affection Beatrice and Eddie had for each other at the beginning of the play. There is no display of love towards Beatrice from Eddie up until the very end of the play. The ending of the play marks another significant change in their relationship. Eddie dies in Beatrice's arms as he screams, 'My B!' Beatrice replies saying 'Yes, yes!' This is the first time Eddie needs Beatrice more than Beatrice needs Eddie. For the first time, he's seeking for Beatrice's love and forgiveness. At the same time, Beatrice is willing to forgive Eddie. Their love for each other that is seen at the beginning of the play is apparent here. This point of the play marks the reconciliation of the broken relationship. In conclusion, the relationship between Eddie and Beatrice deteriorates right from the start and much quickly after the imminent arrival of Beatrice's cousins. However, at the poignant ending of 'A View from the Bridge', the couple manages to repair their relationship, which has previously been shattered by jealousy, distrust and feelings for others. Jesslyn Leung ...read more.

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