A view from the bridge essay

Topics: Tragic hero, Tragedy, Poetics Pages: 5 (1270 words) Published: October 13, 2014
“A view from the bridge” Controlled Assessment

Introduction
1. All great tragedies – main character tragic flaw – Eddie, in play we are studying is “obsessive need to control Catherine (niece)

2. In “a view from the bridge” – main character – Eddie – is tragic hero

3. A tragic hero – character in work of fiction – who commits action or mistake – leads to downfall/defeat

4. Eddie – character we study, tragic hero because – inability to let go of Catherine – leads to betraying his family - tragic error of judgement

5. Leads to downfall/ defeat

6. In essay – analysing how Eddie presented in all 3 extracts – examining how develops/ changes as character

“A view from the bridge” - controlled assessment
Act 1 Analysis

Analysis of extract 1 (30 minutes):
This extract – Arthur Miller – uses different language techniques/ stage directions In order present Eddie, to audience as:
Over protective, supportive, secretive, dominant and well respected. Over protective
Extract clearly presents us – character, has compulsive need to over protect Niece - Catherine - to control her and prevent losing her.
Clearly see this when he says:
“You look like one of them girls that went to college. Where you goin? Shows curiosity on one level
Shows underlying protectiveness and possessiveness
Infers is afraid of losing her
Asserting his powerfulness, hold he has over her,
Shows the want to protect and control her
“Where you going all dressed up?”
Repeats what previous quote shows
Hunger and need to know where she is going
In order to protect her from other men, to lose her to
Supportive
Arthur Miller - uses short sentences/ language technique’s - present Eddie as supportive uncle - expected to see Although see underlying motives beginning to arise.
Portrayed when says:
“Beautiful. Turn around, lemme see the back. (She turns for him). Oh, if your mother was alive to see you now. She wouldn’t believe it.” Simple compliment
“Turn around” – nice, supportive, however in control, commanding, forceful Imperative – refers to underlying to underlying control/power (Turns for him) – Shows he giving support she is seeking
Word “lemme” refers to relaxed atmosphere,
Quote reflects traditional supportive father figure playing

Secretive
Extract Eddie - presented secretive character - infers to audience may be more to relationship w C than meets eye Idea reflected throughout book - main focus.
Able to witness secrecy when stage directions state:
“Eddie is pleased and therefore shy about it, he hangs up his cap and jacket” Eddie in comfort zone
Concealing is pleased Catherine is excited
Hiding that he is pleased to see her
Use of “shy” – suggests hidden relationship, suggests more to relationship that audience see’s Also suggests repressed feelings for Catherine
More Eddie tries to press them down – bubbles up in anger
Reflects what will cause downfall at end of play

Dominant/ patriarchal role:
Extract - portrays Eddie as dominant/ patriarchal role in family home - expecting to see - however not to same extent Presented to audience when says:
“I think it’s too short, ain’t it?”
Showing he doesn’t like her appearance
Suggests he has noticed her physically
Trying to assert dominance/control, his opinion only one that matters “Now don’t get mad kid”
Trying to control her, dominate her, acting threatening
For filling traditional patriarchal role
Being dominant male – using harsh connotations e.g. “don’t”, “kid” – use of kid, belittling her “Katie, I promised on your mother on her deathbed. I’m responsible for you. You’re a baby, you don’t understand these things. I mean, when you stand here by the window waving outside. Shows trying to define father like role

Language used associated with responsibility – father
Language associated with patriarchal figure, language of innocence e.g baby

Well respected
Extract - picks up how well respected
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