Justification For Eddie As A Loveable Character In A View From The Bridge

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When Alfieri makes his final speech, he says that he 'will love him' (Eddie) more than his 'sensible clients', referring to the usual longshoremen and their relations mentioned at the beginning of the play. However, it is unlikely that Alfieri means 'love' as in 'loveable', due to the fact that Alfieri says before that this love is because of the fact that Eddie 'allowed himself to be fully known'. This could be referring to the fact that everyone around Eddie can see his love for Catherine e.g. at the end, Beatrice tells Eddie that he 'wants something else' other than Marco's apology (i.e. Catherine), and Alfieri mentions that ?she can?t marry you, can she?? Eddie is also described by Alfieri as ?not purely good?, emphasizing the fact that Alfieri does not see Eddie as loveable. The ?love? referred to could be that Alfieri respects Eddie for allowing the people around him to know his feelings. However, Eddie can?t see the true nature of his own love for his niece, and he cannot admit that his relationship with her goes far beyond father/daughter love.
Eddie may not be loveable in the normal sense of the word, but at the beginning of the play, we can still see him as a likeable man ? an ?average?, flawed person. He cares for Catherine as a daughter, and tells her near the end that he ?only wanted the best? for her (Only Eddie is ?the best?, and nothing else will do?). However, he also acts like a young lover near the beginning of the play when we see Eddie and Catherine together for the first time, the stage directions say that Eddie is ?pleased, and therefore shy about it? when Catherine greets him. He is also overprotective of her, a combined result of the ?wrong kind of love? and the fatherly love he has for her, just before Marco and Rodolpho arrive, he complains about her taking a job in ?that neighbourhood over there? They?re practically longshoremen.? This final comment is ironic, as Eddie himself is a longshoreman, so technically, under the above description, he himself should stay away from Catherine. The reference to longshoremen suggests that he is worried about her being taken advantage of on the way to work. However, Beatrice reminds Eddie that this is implausible.
Beatrice is Eddie?s wife, and she seems like a traditional wife/mother figure, in keeping with the era in which this play was written. However, we soon learn that she is more aware of the emotion between Eddie and Catherine than we first thought, and her view helps alert the audience as to what is happening. She tries to prevent the inevitable from happening by getting Catherine to ?be your own self more?, trying to get her to stop acting like Eddie?s wife (bringing in beer for him, lighting his cigars) However, Beatrice resents the attention that Eddie pays to Catherine, which is causing a problem in their relationship ? Beatrice hints at this by asking Eddie in the middle of the first act, ?When?m I gonna be a wife again, Eddie?? She also attempts to get Eddie to...

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