- A View From the Bridge Act 1 Part 1
- Alfieri, the lawyer enters and talks about the distrust felt for all lawyers in Red Hook, the setting.
- Alfieri speaks about justice and the law which are important themes in the play.
- Eddie Carbone, a longshoreman goes into his house where he talks to wife Beatrice and niece Catherine
- Catherine is upset when Eddie criticises her clothes and behaviour.
- Eddie informs Beatrice and Catherine that Marco and Rodolfo, Beatrice's cousins have arrived on a ship from Sicily. They are illegal immigrants.
- Beatrice is very nervous and is worried in case the cousins do not find the place acceptable.
- Eddie warns Beatrice and Catherine that they should be cautious and not say anything about Marco and Rodolfo.
- Catherine then prepares Eddie for some big news of her own.
- In this section, we see that Eddie is very over-protective of Catherine.
- The playwright lets us know that the illegal immigrants are coming, building tension and excitement.
- Alfieri is the narrator who speaks directly to the audience. He is thoughtful and sympathetic to his community.
- Eddie is seen as a strong family man.
- Catherine is lively, attractive and very warm as a character but is slightly annoyed with Eddie when he criticises her.
- Beatrice has a generous nature shown through her inviting Marco and Rodolfo but shows a nervousness when she hears that they have arrived.
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