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A View From The Bridge By Arthur Miller

3241 words - 13 pages

A View From the Bridge by Arthur Miller

In this essay I am going to be discussing the quote 'the guy ain't
right'.

I am also going to be continuously referring to the play. I will also
consider why Eddie is who he is in the play. I will also say what
Eddies stereotype of men are. In addition try to find out why most of
the Italian community went to America and how they found life in
America. I will begin the play briefly reminiscing about the play.

Although Eddie is not Catherine's father, he is a very strong father
figure to her and the man of the house. The immigrant community is
very much a patient society. The father and male is an authority
figure. Eddie is very protective of Catherine in both positive and
negative ways. Eddie really loves and cares for Catherine, and will do
anything to protect and look after her, but his love for her is
obsessive and possessive. "You can't take no job. Why didn't you ask
me before you take a job?" Eddie does not want to let Catherine have a
job. As Catherine's father figure, Eddie feels he should choose her
husband, as that was done in Italy, but Eddie cannot let go of
Catherine. Beatrice suggests that he would not approve of any young
man for her. Eddie rules the house and expects that what he says goes;
his wife and daughter figure should be obedient which the Italian
system was

Marco and Rodolfo arrive; they are in America because they are so poor
and desperately need work. Marco is doing it for his family, his wife
and children; Rodolfo however wants to make a new and better life for
himself in America. It is because of their illegal status, fear of
being caught, and their poverty that they need Eddie's hospitality,
and they need to put their trust in him. Eddie's attitude is that it
is 'an honour´ to help them out and lend them a place to sleep. It is
also what is expected of him, because they are family, and in the
Italian culture the family is what is most important.

Eddie starts picking on Rodolfo from the first night. He is jealous of
Catherine's attraction to Rodolfo, and this is taking her attention
away from himself. Eddie uses Rodolfo's illegal status against him and
uses his authority over him. He makes Rodolfo stop singing under the
pretence that the singing is drawing attention to him and he may get
discovered and picked up, to mask his feelings of jealousy and dislike
towards him. Eddie's hatred for Rodolfo grows and he is acting on his
emotions when he tells Catherine, after they have come back from the
cinema that Rodolfo is only using her to get his papers so he can stay
in America. "Katie, he´s only bowin´ to his passport." Catherine
reacts badly to this and the tension between everyone in the flat
grows.
It is because of Marco and Rodolfo's illegal status and their
dependence on Eddie for his...

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