A View From The Bridge Essay
A View From The Bridge is a play in which many different relationships are explored. I will be looking at how Arthur Miller presents each relationship and how this has an effect on the play as a whole.
The main relationship explored within this paly, is that of Eddie and Catherine. They are the focal point of the play. It becomes clear that Eddie harbours feelings for his niece very quickly. He has to suppress these emotions because he feels guilty for having such feelings, even thought he has no reason to feel guilty as he is not a blood relative. It is first noticed when Catherine decides to leave school and take a job. Eddie is frightened by the prospect of loosing her. He feels this job is the start of her becoming a woman. He is unnerved by this and tries to stop her from taking the job. He protests and says without hesitation “No - no, you gonna finish school”. At first we think he is just being a protective father figure, but it becomes more clear that he not only wishes to keep her at home but he also wants to posses her, which he cannot. I am repelled by Eddie’s actions here as he has a wife, not only are his feelings inappropriate but they are also unhealthy. We are frustrated as readers because we already know Eddies fate due to Alfieri’s opening remarks. We know that this relationship is going to have a detrimental effect on the rest of the characters and the play as a whole because Eddie is unwilling to let go of Catherine. Miller also creates an interesting relationship from Eddie and his wife, Beatrice. She is aware of the twisted relationship between Catherine and Eddie and this frustrates her however, being an Italian wife when this play was set, it is astonishing that she had the bravery to stand up to Eddie and ask;
“When am I going to be a wife again?”
I feel great admiration, as this must have been a difficult thing to do. Eddie is rejecting her sexually, he says he “aint been feeling good” and this is why...
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