“A View From The Bridge” is a story with many themes and aspects such
as love, The American Dream, Justice, Law and Family Honour. The story
“A View From The Bridge” is about an Italian American community living
in Red Hook, New York. The Italian American community in Red Hook are
mainly all immigrants living in the country unlawfully.
I will briefly describe the play. Alfieri, an Italian-American lawyer
in his fifties, enters the stage and sits in his office. From his desk
he talks to the audience and he introduces the story of Eddie Carbone.
Alfieri compares himself to a lawyer in Caesar’s time.
Eddie walks down the street to his house As Eddie reaches his front
door two fellow Longshoremen, Louis and Mike greet him. Eddie’s niece,
Catherine reaches out of the window and waves to Eddie and Louis. When
Eddie enters the house he gently scolds Catherine for flirting with
the boys. Eddie thinks she should be more reserved and not ”walk so
wavy”. Beatrice, Eddie’s wife, is also home. When Beatrice and
Catherine set the table for dinner, they convince Eddie to let
Catherine take a job as a stenographer down by the docks but Eddie
didn’t want her to take the job because he thinks the men will take
advantage of her and he wants Catherine to finish college. Eddie
informs Beatrice that her cousins Marco and Rodolpho will be arriving
early from Italy. Beatrice and Eddie plan to hide Marco and Rodolpho
while they work in the country illegally to send money back home.
Marco and Rodolpho arrive at the house and a brief reunion. Marco
tells the Carbone family that he has three children and a wife back
home that he will be sending money to. Rodolpho is the younger blond...
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a man destroying himself, while those around him are as powerless as
the audience to prevent it. This is hinted at by the beginning of the
This play shows a whole range of emotions and tackles many issues such
as The American Dream, Justice, Law and family Honour. In the end I
thought that because Eddie and Catherine cared deeply for each other
this led to Eddie being jealous of Rodolpho and over protective of
Catherine, which split the relationship between Catherine and Eddie
but also led towards the death of Eddie. All the characters in the
play then suffered a tragedy because nobody gained anything in the
play or achieved their dreams but mostly lost things instead of
gaining things. Family honour might have been satisfied, but only
through Eddie so that also proved to be negative because only Eddie
dealt with it and nobody else did.
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