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Who Was Responsible For Eddie's Death At the End of the Play a View From the Bridge?

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WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR EDDIE'S DEATH AT THE END OF THE PLAY A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE? In a 'View from the bridge,' Beatrice illustrates her views clearly on recent events by saying on page 61. 'Whatever happened, we all done it, and don't you forget it Catherine.' She is stating that everyone contributed significantly to what has happened in one way or another. On page 4, Alfieri's view of 'settling for half', is different to the way he says it on page 64. On page 64 he says, 'Most of the time we settle for half.' He has differentiated the two words 'now' and 'most'. This is because he has seen Eddie become a victim of his own culture and seen the way he respects the Code of Conduct. Alfieri has concluded from that, that the best way is not to settle for half all the time. But 'Most of the time we settle for half and I like it better.' Both Beatrice and Alfieri have illustrated their views however, their views on recent events contrast to each other significantly. We are introduced to the first key scene where we find Eddie's reaction to Catherine's job offer, '...You can't take no job, why didn't you ask me before taking on a job?' This is clearly showing Eddie's insecurity and doesn't want her to gain any independence; another reason for this reaction is he doesn't want her to get a boyfriend via her new job. This scene has created a sense of tension due to high levels of jealousy surrounding the conversation. ...read more.

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Beatrice is at fault here as she has refused to see what Eddie is trying to do and confront his feelings. However, she can't do this because of the family laws in the Sicilian Code of Conduct because it was much harder for a woman to voice their opinion. Eddie reaches the end of his tether on page 40. By twisting his newspaper and then shows signs of losing his self control when he tears the paper in two. This shows that metaphorically the twisting of the paper represents his anger towards the audience that observe this play On page 41 Marco and Rodolpho demonstrate that they know the underlying threat of the 'boxing match'. Eddie lays a fist at Rodolpho in the stage direction, '...It mildly staggers Rodolpho, Marco rises.' We as a reader and the audience can figure that Marco is Rodolpho's older brother he naturally wants to protect him and will fight for him no matter what. Marco is determined to warn Eddie from Rodolpho. Also to warn Eddie away from Rodolpho he conducts a test of strength with a chair to show the level of his strength compared to Eddie. The stage direction highlights this scene clearly. 'Marco is face to face with Eddie, a strained tension... the chair over his head like a weapon.' This stage direction clearly shows that Marco and Rodolpho know Eddie is up to something. On page 41 we see more defiance in Rodolpho. He says to Catherine, 'Dance Catherine, come.' to show to Eddie that he has a sensitive side and treats Catherine right and to leave out of the relationship. ...read more.

Conclusion

As a result Marco then stands on him then on page 65, Eddie brought out a knife however Marco intercepts it and turns it towards Eddie and stabbed him. The consequence being Eddie's life being taken way from him. Eddie brought this situation on himself from beginning to end and made matters worse when his jealousy got completely out of control as that was evident when he snitched Rodolpho and Marco to the immigration. His obsession with Catherine was the reason for his jealousy. We know that it is Beatrice's fault as she knew deep down Eddie's feelings for Catherine however, she didn't bring the situation up earlier particularly when she tried to confront Eddie about being his wife again, this could have helped diffuse the situation in a way so then at least everyone's true feelings would have been out in the open. Marco was at fault for what happened at the end of the play was he provoked the situation at eh end of the play by saying that he wouldn't give Eddie back his name, and causing a great deal of tension in the household in the boxing scene. Catherine was remotely responsible for Eddie's death at the end of the play by getting involved with Rodolpho too early and against Eddie's will and so it lead to Eddie snitching on Rodolpho and Marco. Rodolpho was responsible as he got involved with Catherine and didn't ask Eddie for permission in the first place, that is regarded as a sensible thing for a gentleman to do. Out of both quotations made by Beatrice and Alfieri I think that Beatrice's quote summed up the truth of the play. ...read more.

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