Eddie as an Isolated Figure in Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge Eddie Carbone is portrayed as a very isolated man in many ways. He cares a great deal about his niece Catherine, and she is one of the only people he is very close to: "She looks at him, then rushes and hugs him" and "almost in tears because he disapproves". In the first few lines of the play, he starts an argument with Catherine about her skirt. When he says, "I think it's too short", he is referring to his dislike of her going out and attracting men. He believes that, if she finds a man and gets married, he will lose her and have hardly anyone left.
That comment shows that there is tension between husband and wife, because obviously a man would not like to be asked that by his own wife. We also sense that Eddie does not like to be questioned on such matters. The tension is slowly decreasing as Beatrice talks to Marco about his wife, but Eddie decides to bring it back up by making comments about Marco’s wife, ‘they count the kids and there’s a cou... ... middle of paper ... ...y didn’t stop dancing for Eddie but they did for Marco shows they may have more respect for him. The stillness acts as a signal to the audience of the danger ahead. The chair has been taking away, from the family table, and has been lifted up like a ‘weapon’, which symbolises that there will be a gap in the family, taken away by a ‘weapon’.
Having no prestige or authority as the man of his own home, the astronomer would rather remain in a state of slumber than be the man of his own house. Robert reveals what he sees in Francesca by stating, “Don't kid yourself, Francesca: you are anything but a simple woman,” (Eastwood). Even though both husbands offer Francesca and Mrs. Ames close to nothing they covet, the two women still go about their day working to please their husbands and maintain the incomplete marriage they have. No affection is evident and the two wives rely on unplanned encounters to display happiness in front of their
Jacob i... ... middle of paper ... ...e complete without the care and heartache handed them by the families they gain and lose throughout the courses of their short lives. Woolf states it perfectly, realizing that “life is but a procession of shadows, and God knows why it is that we embrace them so eagerly, and see them depart with such anguish, being shadows... Such is the manner of our seeing. Such the conditions of our love” (Woolf, 96). Jacob is only partially loved and cared for by his mother, and therefore carries this half-affection into his social interactions, eventually regretting the supremely human act of falling in love.
Linda Loman has been noticing her husband has been down in the dumps but still attempts to keep him motivated. Usually when someone treats a person bad they simply remove themselves from the situation but Linda didn’t. Linda has “developed an iron repression of her exceptions to Willy’s behavior – she more than loves him, she admires him, as though his mercurial nature, his temper, his massive dreams and little cruelties, served her only as sharp reminders of the turbulent longings within him”(1070). Throughout the play Willy constantly disrespects and ignores Linda but she has become immune to it: LINDA. Willy, dear, I got a new kind of American-type cheese today.
Eddie is the centre around which all the conflict in the play revolves around. He takes care of his wife Beatrice and looks after a girl called Catherine who’s father died when she was younger. Eddie lusts for Catherine but manages to keep his feelings suppressed and turns it into hate towards Beatrice’s cousins Marco and Rodolpho which makes him act irrationally. This ends up making Eddie loose his good name. Eddie felt that Revenging against Marco will regain his pride and good name in the community.
Eddie is very protective of Catherine and wants her to get a good education. He also seems to be in love with Catherine but refuses to face this fact at any stage in the play even when Beatrice, his wife, points it out to him clearly. We also witness Eddie’s verbal conflict with all the characters at some point throughout the play. Other aspect is how the other characters feel concerned about him. There is a scene of unease as we see how Catherine and Beatrice are unsure about how he will react when he is told about Catherine’s job.
It soon becomes evident that he just doesn’t want Catherine to become independent, because he wants her all for himself. Catherine’s innocent fondness for Eddie is normal for any girl and their father. Catherine looks up to Eddie and wants his recognition. However, the audience rapidly grasp on to the idea that Eddie is too attached to Catherine and has to let go, otherwise there may be severe repercussions. However, Eddie refuses to release Catherine from his firm clutch and becomes so devoted to destroying Rodolpho, he doesn’t realise who he’s really hurting.
He calls her beautiful and states: if your mother was alive to see you now, she wouldn’t believe it. This is a relevant statement as he again later refers to her dead mother. Eddie is worried about the way Catherine walks and this leads to him saying “you aint all the girls,” he believes she is his girl. He brings her to tears in this argument and he then states “I promised your mother on her deathbed,” and “you’re a baby.” He constantly mentions his duty to her dead mother so she will do as he says. At this early stage of the play the audience is probably not aware of the fact Eddie has major feelings for Catherine, yet they are able to pick up on certain things in the language and stage directions.
When Justine was wrongly accused, Victor makes a decision on how to act. While Elizabeth pleads with him, ultimately Victor has the final say, showing where the power lies with their relationship. The way Victor explains his parents' relationship to Walton, also portrays a very passive, nourishing, mother who is incapable of taking care of herself so that Victor's father "came as a protecting spirit to the poor girl, who committed herself to his care." The relationship between his parents also points out the passiveness and dependence of women. In the case of Justine, when the creature, intelligently, murders William Frankenstein, everyone accuses her.