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  • A View from the Bidge
    • Symbolism
      • Eddie's Cigar and Rodolfo's Coffee
        • Masculinity
      • The Double Kiss (when he finds Rodolfo and Catherine kissing)
        • Eddie's Struggle to maintain dominance
      • Eddie's Death
        • Stabbed with his own knife
          • He symbolically killed himself - this is clear because he is shown as a tragic figure by Miller
      • The Bridge
        • Hope for a better life
        • The Road to the American Dream
    • Characters
      • Eddie
        • In love with Catherine
          • Catherine
            • Dictatored by Eddie
            • Young and innocent
          • Will do anything to protect Catherine
        • Tragic Figure
      • Catherine
        • Dictatored by Eddie
        • Young and innocent
      • Rodolfo
        • Not very masculin
          • Struck down by Eddie for this
            • Eddie
              • In love with Catherine
                • Will do anything to protect Catherine
              • Tragic Figure
        • Catalyst
      • Beatrice
        • Starts to get fed up with Eddie
      • Alfieri
        • Gives the right advise to Eddie who chooses to ignore it
        • Struggle: Italien Culture vs. Law
    • Themes
      • Love
      • Betrayal
      • Honour
      • The American Dream
      • Italien Culture
      • Tragic Play
      • Law and Justice
      • Respect
      • Death
      • Jealousy
      • Masculinity
    • Act I
      • Eddie shows real love for his nice Catherine
        • Starts to get jealous over Catherine
          • When Rodolfo is introduced
            • Catalyst
    • Act II
      • Eddie starts to get desperate
        • Leading him to betray his community
          • Leading to his 'tragic death'
        • Marco  kills Eddie
      • Rodolfo's and Catherine's Wedding
      • Marco  kills Eddie
  • Eddies Death: Many of Eddie's problems come from Eddie's refusal to let Catherine go. Also, Eddie is the one that betrays his community. And, of course, it's Eddie that brings the knife into the duel in the first place. It would seem, like most tragic heroes, Eddie is the cause of his own destruction. The fact that he dies by his own knife seems to be a none-to-subtle symbol of his self-destructive path.
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