View from a Bridge - Extract from Play

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Understanding Poems, Prose and Plays: TMA02
Analyse a passage from A View from A Bridge that runs from “Eddie, moving up steps into doorway: Well, I’ll see ya, fellas” on page 5 to “Beatrice – her hands clasp at her breast; she seems half in fear, half in unutterable joy: They’re alright?” on page 8 of your edition of the play.

The extract took place in the beginning of the play in the first act before the arrival of Beatrice’s cousins. In this part of the development of the play, we are about to see Eddie’s many underlying yearning and conflict for affection with Catherine surface as the play progress, which will inevitably led to the catastrophe to happen with the introduction of Beatrice’s cousins into the play. The three characters to feature in this are Eddie, his wife Beatrice and Catherine, Beatrice’s niece – revolving in a household whereby the male stature is clearly of higher authority, thus Eddie (the only man) has the highest authority. The number of dialogue explains the dominance of Eddie as a figure of importance in the scene; Eddie has 21 speeches, Catherine has 19, Beatrice 3 and Louise 1. This is significant because it displays the amount of control that Eddie has over the two women. Both women spoke to Eddie and he addresses them individually, however the women have little exchanges with each other with Eddie usually the intermediary medium between them, confirms the reader’s impression of Eddie’s dominant role in each woman’s lives. Another significant area is that Catherine has more dialogue than Beatrice. The conversations between Eddie and Catherine is more than the ones involving Eddie and Beatrice, making Catherine more prominent in Eddie’s life compared to Beatrice, whose presence should be more dominant. This is telling of the peculiar affection and attention Eddie has over Catherine. Throughout the play, Eddie is often observed as extremely protective and controlling in dealing with Catherine. Upon reaching the house, Eddie...
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