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The View from a Bridge. How does Eddies and Catherines relationship development throughout the play?

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How does Eddies' and Catherine's relationship development throughout the play? Eddie's and Catherine's relationship is the most important relationship in the play. It starts off as a harmless father-daughter relationship, but ends up sending Eddie crazy and leads to his death. The relationship starts off like any father-daughter relationship, even though Catherine isn't actually Eddie's daughter. Eddie is protective towards Catherine like any father and Catherine thrives on Eddie's approval like any daughter; this can be seen in the first scene when Catherine wears a new skirt she bought for her new job. This is when you first see Eddie's suppressed sexual feelings towards her as he acts with anger and anxiety to the skirt and job, saying 'I think it's too short, ain't it?' And then says in reaction to the job 'that ain't what I wanted, though'. He says that because she hasn't finished school yet, but also because he is being protective of her because he is worried about the working conditions at the navy yard, since there are a lot of men working there and he doesn't want her catching the eye of any young men. ...read more.


Now Eddie's relationship with Catherine is driving him crazy, he still has not realised his suppressed feelings for her, and seems to release them as hatred towards Rodolfo and Marco. It is clear not just to the reader now that he has feelings for Catherine but also to characters. His jealousness causes him to grow blind of his own beliefs and those who care for him. He starts to think about going to the immigration bureau, which would go against all his beliefs made clear by the story about Vinny Bolzaro, and betray his own family. Eddie says 'You used to be different, Beatrice I'm no different'. It is almost like he is so blinded by his feelings for Catherine that he becomes distant to the people who do care for him like Beatrice. After this we are lead into the inevitability of Eddies death. In Eddies meeting with Alfieri, he was ask by Alfieri that Catherine can't marry him, can he? ...read more.


Language is a big thing noticeable in the play. Eddie speaks with a very New York vernacular and as the play goes on his language becomes much duller, as the thought of losing Catherine to Rodolfo depresses him. Rodolfo speaks good English; he is quite poetic and compares Catherine to 'a bird not allowed to fly'. Marco's English is quite bad so he is a man of thought and action, not words. Towards the end of the play Catherine says 'I just got it. You like it?'. This shows she expects to get his approval. This shows that Eddie inspires the way she acts. Having such control over a young woman suggests that Eddie must enjoy the power of masculinity of having her look up to him. Eddie is told by Alfieri and by Beatrice that it is obvious that he has feelings for Catherine, but couldn't have her; however he is still horrified by this and denies it. When he goes out to get revenge on Marco, he is killed by his own knife, this is symbolic for he brought it on himself and it was not Catherine's fault or anyone else's. ...read more.

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