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A View From The Bridge By J.B. Priestley

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A View From The Bridge by J.B. Priestley

"Eddie is doing the best for his family: he is attempting to install
positive values and support Catherine in her life. He is merely
misunderstood"

The reference above about Eddie Carbone is correct; but to a certain
point, meaning it is not correct altogether, because it could be
(successfully) argued that it isn't true. To verify that the above
quotation is true, we need to study the character of Eddie Carbone, to
see whether he is doing the best for his family, rather than for
himself. It is also essential to examine whether he is attempting to
install values and support Catherine for her future life or is he just
doing what he does for his own individual self. After exploring
Eddie's character further, it will become clearer to us what Eddie's
motives are. It is important to see how Eddie behaves in different
situations, and how he handles them; and depending on how people act
towards him and whether they provoke him to behave in the manner that
he does.

One of the main points of subject in 'A View from the Bridge' is
Eddie's masculinity. It is evidently seen that Eddie's masculinity is
very important to him. He has many views of how a man should perform;
it seems that if any men perform differently from him he dislikes
them. The fact that he comes from a Sicilian background is a further
reason for the account of masculinity he presents in 'A View From The
Bridge'. As Eddie comes from a Sicilian background, he believes that
the man should be the leader of the household and rule over women. He
has an idea in his intellect that there is a way to be Italian looking
and a way to behave in the "Italian approach". He believes that a man
should be tough both physically and psychologically and that they
should take part in typical manly activities such as drinking, sport,
women etc. Eddie's name and status in the area are also very vital to
him.

From the moment Rodolfo and his elder brother Marco arrive in New
York, Eddie dislikes them. He is bitter towards Rodolfo, this is
because Catherine seems to be fond of him and he can't accept this and
also because he gets hints from the way in which Rodolfo behaves that
he is gay. Nevertheless he dislikes Marco because he tries to defend
Rodolfo. We will look at his motives for this later on. He shortly
realises that Rodolfo and Catherine are getting closer to each other.
It is clearly seen in 'A View From The Bridge' that one of Eddie's
greatest motivations for his actions is his secret longing for
Catherine. It appears that he can't recognize the fact that Catherine
is growing up and becoming a woman. He tries to look after Catherine
in every way feasible. He doesn't just to strive to protect her when
Rodolfo arrives; it starts from the opening of the play. It could be
said that his...

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