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What do we learn about the character of Eddie from stage directions, the narrator and dramatic devices?

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What do we learn about the character of Eddie from stage directions, the narrator and dramatic devices? The character of Eddie is linked to historical context by the poverty in Europe, the immigration into America and the Italian 'Man of The house' profile. The American Dream tells us about why the immigrants are coming to America, The American Dream believed in plenty of jobs, money and Streets paved with gold. "But as long as you owe them money they'll get you plenty of work" The reality is different, A view from the bridge tells us that there were a lot of jobs available but only if you were paying someone back and if you weren't "you'll have to scrounge like the rest of us" you'll have to search for them. This shows us the deeper side of Eddie as he seems to know all the rules and can see that the system is unfair. ...read more.


Marco and Rodolpho's arrival threatens Eddie in a big way as Marco is the man of his house so they have conflict's about that and Eddie is protective of Catherine and sees Rodolpho as a threat to the relationship they have. Marco does conflict with Eddie in a big scene at the end of act 1 "Catherine and Rodolpho stop dancing as Marco raises the chair over his head" Previously to this Rodolpho and Catherine were dancing and Eddie had, had a boxing match against Rodolpho. Marco then has a chair lifting match with Eddie, as Eddie fails Marco takes this opportunity to show that he can out power Eddie and shows that he can beat him, this would have caused the audience to see that Eddie is now faced with a bit of humiliation and to see how 'the man of the house' responds to this new threat. Eddie responds to Rodolpho's move in on Catherine by boxing him and trying to beat him up, but not to make it look to obvious. ...read more.


"This is my last word, Eddie, Take it or not. Morally and legally you have no rights, you cannot stop it, she is a free agent", Alfieri tries to stop Eddie dead in his tracks, but Eddie's pitfalls let him down as he is way too stubborn and will just carry on with his plans and heed no notice to Alfieri's warnings. I think Eddie's character is portrayed as an "Italian man of the house" stereotype but has a Greek tragic hero as his pitfalls in his character we learn this leads to his downfall. Alfieri helps us to learn about Eddie's dark side and brings it to light and has it put back in his face, this also shows us eddies downfalls clearly in the "man of the house" way. We learn that Eddie is basically a stereotype with feelings as he is predictable except when he is drunk but then he is a wild uncontrollable person. He is definitely a 'tragic man of the house'. David Currie 10/05/2007 1 ...read more.

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