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Show how gender relationships in one of the two course plays is used by the playwright to throw light on our understanding of the main character, and the overall themes of the play.

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Show how gender relationships in one of the two course plays is used by the playwright to throw light on our understanding of the main character, and the overall themes of the play. A view from the bridge is based in Brooklyn, an Italian community set in the 1950s. This particular part of the 20th century was seen as a rather sexist era. Men were a lot more dominant, women were known to stay at home cooking and cleaning-like every wife seems to do today! However aside from that, men felt like they had to be 'men' all the time. They felt like if they expressed their feelings, talked about their troubles or cried, these men would be laughed at and ridiculed. Eddie Carbone is a hard working longshoreman who works on the docks in his local area. Eddie is a typical bloke; he is a proud and stubborn man but is a loving husband to his wife Beatrice and a caring father figure to his niece Catherine. To the audience in the first part of the play Eddies comes across as the typical over protective father, however as the play progresses his feelings for Catherine become obvious that they are a lot heavier than what we are led to believe. ...read more.

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Beatrice also realizes Eddie's feelings for Catherine, in one [particular scene Eddie ad Beatrice have a slight disagreement over Catherine which later leads to an argument over lack of sex. Beatrice wants to know, "When am I gonna be a wife again, Eddie?" Beatrice says it in this context rather than come straight out and says when are we going to have sex again. This way avoids embarrassment but still gets the point across without having to actually say it. Beatrice wants to talk about what is happening but she can't get Eddie to open up to her. Eddies feelings are putting a strain on the marriage, sexually, physically and emotionally. But Eddie, "Just dont wanna talk about it" This line from Eddie is a particular thing a man would say. Men can't talk about how they feel, they don't know how to as they have always been taught to be a 'man'. This scene is towards the middle of the first act. Eddie doesn't want to talk about it as he doesn't understand his own feelings; however he isn't aware that other people around him, particularly Beatrice, are starting to realize his feelings. ...read more.

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He is traveling down a one way street with absolutely no room to turn back and undo the wrong he has done. Beatrice says to Eddie, "You want something else Eddie, and you can never have her" Eddie distraught that Beatrice has revealed his feelings to the entire community, but he realizes what she is saying is true. There is nothing that can be done now to change what has happened or change his feelings. In my opinion, Eddies love for Catherine was nothing of a sexual desire, but a desire from the heart, making the audience realize this wasn't a sexual desire but a possessive desire that couldn't be controlled. The only way out of the situation for Eddie was to leave Catherine and let her get on with her life. However because of the extent of Eddies love for Catherine was so strong, leaving her was never an option. Eddie knew the only way he would be able to cope without Catherine was for him to die. Surely being dead would be a lot easier than to live the rest of your life miserable, seeing the person that you love so much, living a different life with another person and knowing that every time you saw them together it would break your heart. ...read more.

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