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Trace the Breakdown of the Carbone family inA View From The Bridge

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Trace the Breakdown of the Carbone family in A View From The Bridge New York in the 1940's the United States welcomed immigrants from all over Europe but especially Italy, the only problem with these immigrants was, most where illegal. The Italians, starved from the depression of World War One fled their homes and sometimes families for a better life in America. This often worked because the areas where you went to live often contained more people of the same race and as they say 'blood is thicker than water' to these people so one person wouldn't tell on another for hiding or being an illegal immigrant. One problem though, this being to get to America you had to be smuggled in by the Mafia, this happened to cost an arm and a leg which means your in debt to the Mafias, so when and if, you get to America most of the money you earned went to the Mafias, so it was a hard life but better than the one you had. This play is about two Italians that decide to take this risk, but what will happen as a cause of this... ...read more.


so once again as you will see through out the book Eddie comes out the hero, at least to Beatrice and Catherine. Towards the end of the play we start to see the real Beatrice who stands up to Eddie as she starts to crack. She has figured out that Eddie has a thing for Catherine and why he wont let Catherine have a boy friend or was against her getting married, 'BEATRICE: Eddie, for Christ's sake its her wedding,' She stands up to Eddie cause he is being a complete idiot. Eddie doesn't want anyone to have Catherine. Eddie doesn't like Rodolpho, but Catherine likes Rodolpho, making another problem for Eddie. It is evident Catherine likes Rodolpho by the way she talks and questions him when he first arrives, quote, 'your practically blond' and ' A motorcycle', so he's blonde and has a motor cycle, but, Eddie is less amused, 'CATHERINE [to BEATRICE]: He's practically blond! EDDIE: How's the coffee doing?' Or in other words, 'get out the room and stop chatting him up'. So since Eddie doesn't like Catherine we all know something's going to go wrong somewhere along the line and... ...read more.


Marco is threatening Eddie, saying if you hurt my brother ill hurt you. When Eddie makes the mistake of telling on Marco and Rodolpho to the police, sparks fly as Marco plans and gets his revenge on Eddie. After all that's happened between Eddie, Marco, Beatrice and Rodolpho, Catherine is the least pleased with Eddie. She has pretty much discovered that Eddie has feelings for her, so plans to get away from him by marrying Rodolpho, upsetting Eddie even more but this doesn't matter for Eddie ends up been killed by the one thing he doesn't have a defence for his own pride. This brings me to my conclusion, that the main character Eddie Carbone is 'the bridge' from ' a view from the bridge'. He decides what happens in his house, if Beatrice's relatives are aloud into America, what Catherine is allowed to wear and whom she can see and if Eddie doesn't like what Rodolpho is doing with Catherine he can and will find away to get rid off him. But, the problem with Eddie he has one major floor, this being his own pride. Which as I explained in the paragraph before ends up being the thing that kills him, the knife, which he draws against Marco, but it is turned against Eddie, as the bridge collapses. ...read more.

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