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What techniques does Miller use to show Eddie(TM)s changing relationships with the other characters in A View from the Bridge?

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What techniques does Miller use to show Eddie's changing relationships with the other characters in "A View from the Bridge"? At the beginning of the play Eddie and Catherine's relationship starts as that of a father and daughter. However, as the play progresses, their relationship soon changes to one of a man and a woman when Eddie's true feelings for Catherine begin to unveil. Unfortunately, Catherine is too naive and oblivious to realize that his intentions are improper. Although these changes seem to be gradual, they are none the less dramatic and have an enormous impact on all those around them. The negative change in their relationship ultimately brings about a tragic ending. The relationship he has with Beatrice is troubled because he does not love her and does not give her any real affection. Eddie's relationship with Rodolfo is distant from the moment they meet. On the other hand the relationship Eddie has in the beginning of the play with Marco is good because Eddie believes that they both share similar family values. Interestingly, throughout the play much of Arthur Miller's stage directions quite often seem to say more about the characters underlying thoughts than the actual dialogue. ...read more.

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He is eventually devastated and destroyed by his own frustrations which ultimately turn against him and all those around him in the form of anger. Eddie is finally forced to face his true feelings when Beatrice confronts him with what she has suspected all along in the conclusion of the play by saying, "You want somethin' else, Eddie, and you can never have her!" However, by the end of the play Eddie and Catherine's relationship is completely over as shown in the quote "This rat!", but when she says "Eddie, I never meant to do nothing bad to you.", this may imply that she still really cares for him and although his intentions where less than honorable, he had always been there for her throughout the play. Miller may also try inadvertently to suggest that perhaps Catherine's feelings may also have crossed a very delicate line. When Eddie and Marco first meet, Eddie is very keen on Marco. This can be seen in the stage direction "He shakes Marco's hand", this is also a sign of respect. When Marco calls Eddie "Eduardo" it shows us that Marco has a lot of respect for Eddie because calling someone by their full name is very respectful and much more polite than calling him by his nickname "Eddie". ...read more.

Conclusion

In conclusion it could be said that Arthur Miller's play "A View from the Bridge" is an accurate portrayal of the complex nature of the male female relationship. This play demonstrates the rapidly changing dynamics that occur within a family. Although Eddie and Catherine's relationship begins with the purest of intentions, Miller clearly demonstrates how rapidly things can change when one person's intentions become less than honorable. In this play the audience is witness to the destructive and tragic effects of jealousy, anger and betrayal. All the characters ultimately betray one another. Eddie betrays his wife Beatrice, he betrays his niece Catherine and most importantly him self. Arthur Millers brilliant portrayal of Eddie as a man tortured by his own demons leaves the audience with of sense of tragedy and loss. Miller clearly intends for Eddie to be the protagonist, however, one can also wonder to what extent these dramatic changes in the relationship between Eddie and Catherine have shifted Catherine's true emotions for Eddie. Considering the male and female dynamics, it may be possible that Catherine's feelings may have shifted in such a way to suggest that she too began to experience less than 'honorable' emotions towards Eddie. Although Miller ends the play tragically, perhaps there is some poetic justice in thinking that Eddie's feelings for Catherine were not so unrequited. ...read more.

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