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Select the character of either Eddie Beatrice or Catherine from “A View From the Bridge”. Explain how an actor/actress playing your chosen character could show the changes that occur in that character during the course of the play.

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English Coursework Select the character of either Eddie Beatrice or Catherine. Explain how an actor/actress playing your chosen character could show the changes that occur in that character during the course of the play. A view from a bridge was set in the 1930s, a time of desperation for the Italians. Emigration from southern Italy was a result of backward social conditions and outright poverty. Italy was mostly an agricultural country, yet most of the land could hardly be called fertile. The dry air and soil of southern Italy are the conditions that contributed to the low crop yield. This play works well with the setting because it shows how desperate Marco and Rodolfo were to immigrate to America and how Eddie had destroyed all of there hopes and dreams due to his jealousy of Catherine and Rodolfo's love. The main factor influencing Rodolfo and Marcos emigration was employment. They couldn't find a job in Italy. At that time millions of Italians were immigrating to America to make money to send home to their families in Italy. ...read more.


She is attractive, which fits the character of Catherine. If an actress were to play her part, she would have to be innocent at the start. She would have to show that she is scared of her uncle by acting nervous around him. Her character would have to demonstrate a good girl who loves her family and who is devoted only to her family. Catherine shows all of this in the beginning of the play: when she is dressed up, Eddie says, "Listen, I could tell you things about Louis which you wouldn't wave to him no more", this shows that Catherine still does not know about boys. She shows that she is scared of her uncle when she acts nervous around him. She wants a job but Eddie is not happy with that, so Catherine does not get a job. She cannot stand up for herself. She suggests that she loves her family when she wants a job to make money for the family: " I'm gonna buy all new dishes with my first pay! ...read more.


Catherine shows all of this at the end of the play: When Eddie comes home when he is drunk; Eddie overpowers Rodolfo and kisses him. Catherine says, "Eddie! Let go, ya hear me! I'll kill you! Leggo of him!" She shows that she is more aggressive and shows no respect for Eddie. She tells Eddie that she has to move out. She is standing up for herself. When the police officers arrest Marco and Rodolfo, Catherine finds out that Eddie has told the immigration office about Marco and Rodolfo's staying in America illegally. She is shocked and this is when she loses all respect of him. At this point, she would be wearing the attractive clothes, the clothes that Eddie despised her wearing, because she would not have any respect for Eddie. She is desperate to save Rodolfo. She says, " He was born in Philadelphia! What do you want from him!" This suggests that she is not afraid to show her feelings. If an actress were to play Catherine she would have to be able to act all the above. This would be a perfect Catherine. Miraj Shah 10LD ...read more.

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