Themes - A View From The Bridge

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    • Love
      • Eddie and Beatrice
        • Because they are married, the reader expects them to love each other, but there's something missing- Eddie no longer wants a sexual relationship with beatrice
          • B; When am i gonna be a wife again. Eddie?
          • B understands that Eddie loves another woman.
            • B: You want something else, Eddie, and you can never have her
          • There is some sort of love between them though, Beatrice loves Eddie no matter what
            • B: Nothing to have out with me, it's all settled. Now we gonna be like it never happened, that's all
            • B: Listen to me, I love you, I'm talkin' to you, I love you
            • Eddie and Beatrice
              • Because they are married, the reader expects them to love each other, but there's something missing- Eddie no longer wants a sexual relationship with beatrice
                • B; When am i gonna be a wife again. Eddie?
                • B understands that Eddie loves another woman.
                  • B: You want something else, Eddie, and you can never have her
                • There is some sort of love between them though, Beatrice loves Eddie no matter what
                  • B: Nothing to have out with me, it's all settled. Now we gonna be like it never happened, that's all
                  • B: Listen to me, I love you, I'm talkin' to you, I love you
                • Eddie's last words 'My B.!'
          • Eddie's last words 'My B.!'
      • Eddie and Catherine
        • Catherine's love for Eddie is simple and pure, she loves Eddie as a father and wants to please him
          • Catherine:...I would just feel ashamed if I made him sad
          • But she does compares her self to Beatrice
            • Catherine: If I was a wife I would make a man happy instead of goin' at him all the time. I can tell a block away when he's blue in his mind and just wants to talk quiet and nice... I can tell when he's hungry or wants a beer before he even says anything
        • Eddie cares for Catherine, he cares for her as a daughter BUT does he love her how a father figure should? Is his love improper love and are his actions driven by his paternal love or sexual love for catherine
          • Eddie:Turn around, lemme see in the back. (Sheturns for him.)
          • Eddie: I don’t like the looks they’re givin’ you in the candystore
          • He reaches out suddenly, draws her to him, and as she strives to freeherself he kisses her on the mouth.
      • Catherine and Rodolpho
        • Catherine loves Rodolpho, but is his love for her or America?
          • Rodolpho: No; I will not marry you to live in Italy. I want you to be my wife, and I want to be a citizen.
        • Rodolpho: My heart dies to look at you. Why are you so afraid of him?
    • Family
      • traditional 1950's family roles. Eddie is the 'man' of the house and his word is law, Beatrice is his wife and must keep the house tidy
        • Beatrice enters, wiping her hands with a towel.
        • Eddie:  I’m tellin’ you the truth. A wife is supposed to believe the husband
      • Going against family is the worst thing you could do to a families like this: Vinny Bolzano. which in the end, Eddie commits the ultimate crime against family
        • Him? You'll never see him no more, a guy do a thing like that? How's he gonna show his face?
        • Marco: He killed my children! That one stole food from my children!
    • Honour, Respect and a Name
      • The play begins and ends with a name. this shows how important a name was to Eddie and to the Italian-American community
        • Alfieri: This ones name was Eddie Carbone
          • Eddie Carbone, Eddie Carbone, Eddie Carbone... Wipin' the neighbourhood with my name like a dirty rag! I want mt name, Marco. Now gimme my name.
      • Eddie is 'dishounered' several times in the play by other characters
        • Eddie: Katie, if you wasn't an orphan, wouldn't he [Rodolpho] ask your fathers permission before he run around with you
        • Eddie: I want my respect, Beatrice, and you know what I'm talking about... what i feel like doin' in the bed and what i don't feel like doin'... i don't want no more conversations about that
        • Catherine: He's [Eddie] a rat, he belongs in the sewer!
        • Marco: That one! I accuse that one!
          • The language used shows how much Marco despises Eddie, he is not a man or a human, he is a thing, 'that'
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