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The three main characters are Eddie, Beatrice and Catherine. With whom do I have most sympathy?

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A View from the Bridge By Arthur Miller The three main characters are Eddie, Beatrice and Catherine. With whom do I have most sympathy? In America in the 20th century many people from Europe emigrated to the United States of America to escape poverty, religious or political persecution. Some people were so desperate that they entered the United States of America illegally. The lives of Eddie, Beatrice and Catherine were affected when Beatrice's cousins from Sicily were smuggled into their home in Brooklyn, New York. Eddie was a caring man who had a niece (Catherine) and a wife (Beatrice). Eddie worked in the docks and Beatrice was a housewife. Catherine was just leaving school and they lived in a tiny house in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge. Catherine was Beatrice and Eddie's niece who they took in after Beatrice's sister died. Eddie, Beatrice's husband, and Catherine are not whom I feel most sympathetic towards, because they both do not realise how there arguments and relationship with one another is affecting Beatrice. ...read more.

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Because of this Eddie takes the situation one step further by phoning the immigration bureau "Snitching" on Beatrice's cousins and Catherine's lover. This offence Eddie swore he would never do because his dad was an illegal emigrant and at the beginning of Act 1 Eddie tells of a man who "Snitched" on his own family. Beatrice is in the middle of this debate because she knows that Eddie has been a selfish jackass and now she will have to live with the fact her husband, who she loved and trusted, has basically killed Marco's family back in Sicily, as he quoted by Marco in Act 2 "That one! He killed my children! That one stole the food from my children!" Beatrice also had reason to suspect Catherine of being a bit misleading. Catherine was leading was Eddie down a path of no return. For examples would talk to him whilst he was shaving only wearing a gown also, she would walk around wearing just her slip. ...read more.

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this annoys Beatrice because she doesn't think that Eddie should be spoken to like that. Then Catherine really hits the mark by saying "How can you listen to him, This rat" Eddie then threatens to throw the table Catherine because he has never been so insulted by her in such a way. Beatrice then says "No, Eddie! Eddie! Then we all belong in garbage. You and me too. Don't say that. Whatever happened we all done it, and don't you ever forget that Catherine. Now go, go to your wedding Katie, I'll stay home. Go god bless you, god bless your children." Then when Eddie dies in her arms she's lost her husband and although he has attempted to murder Marco, tried to chuck Beatrice out of the house, he would not have attempted anything if Catherine had not led him on, and himself not been so overprotective. So as you can see Beatrice was stuck in the middle of a quarrel that ended up in a human dying and a whole family outraged. BY CHRISTIAN SKELTON (10 AJO) ...read more.

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