'A View from the Bridge' is a story of Eddie Carbone an Italian
longshoreman working on the New York docks. He is an immigrant who has
worked hard to bring up his wife's niece, Catherine. His wife,
Beatrice, is close to Eddie but the relationship between them is not
good as they have been through a bad patch and have not had sex for
some time. Eddie is too close to Catherine and is over protective
about her. He loves her like she were his girlfriend and he does not
like any men, getting involved or looking at her. However, things are
about to change when his wife's cousins, Marco and Rodolpho, seek
refuge as illegal immigrants from Sicily. It is the Sicilian code of
honour that they should be protected. Eddie agrees to shelter them but
little does he know that Catherine would fall in love with Rodolpho.
Eddie is blinded with insane and jealousy. In the end he commits an
unforgivable crime to get rid of Rodolpho, even though the
consequences were that he will be a hated outcast from his community.
Eddie informs on Marco and Rodolpho to the authorities. Marco and
Rodolpho are arrested but when Marco gets out on bail he murders
In the scene where we meet Eddie, Catherine and Beatrice:
Eddie and one of his workmates, Louis, have just finished their job
and are going home. As Eddie goes home he sees Catherine waving to
Louis. Catherine greets Eddie and shows him her new skirt. Catherine
sits Eddie down and waits for Beatrice (in the Kitchen) to come so
that she can say her news. Eddie compliments Catherine on how nice her
skirt looks but also complains. Eddie tells Catherine that Beat...
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Eddie's feelings are too strong, his personality is too fixed, the
culture he grew up within is too dominant for him to escape and so
Eddie is blinded by his insanity and jealousy and gets rid of Marco
and Rodolpho although he knows it will mean that he will be hated
outcast from his community.
In conclusion I think Arthur Miller show the strains on the Carbone
household in the scene where the audience first meets Eddie, Catherine
and Beatrice by showing the relationship and attitude Eddie shows
openly and intentionally towards Beatrice compared with Catherine, the
way Beatrice and Catherine responds their feelings towards Eddie and
how Eddie's character is displayed as the man of the house and
everyone who lives in the Carbone household lives under his rule and
that Eddie's tragedy is inevitable.
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