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English Literature GCSE

A View From The Bridge



Law and Justice
Betrayal and Family Loyalty / Codes of Honour

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Eddie Carbone

Meeting with Alfieri
End of act 1 - teaches Rodolfo to fight, tension with Marco
When he calls the Immigration Office
End - death

'It's too short, ain't're walkin' wavy' - First appears to be very protective of
Catherine. Doesn't want other men to see…

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Betrayal and Loyalty
Introduction: Miller chose to write the play in the style of a Greek tragedy. Betrayal lies at
the heart of these plays, showing that the theme of Betrayal and Loyalty is at the centre of 'A
View From The Bridge'. Through the use of various techniques -…

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Catherine and Beatrice's relationship

'You're gonna come with me!' 'I can't Katie'
even though Beatrice wants to be with Catherine when she gets married, she has to
stay loyal to Eddie. Even though B. isn't betraying Catherine, she's choosing Eddie
over her - letting C down

Beatrice's loyalty to Eddie…

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The narrator, or chorus, like in a greek tragedy
He intersects at different points during the play to give information. His character
could be seen as Miller's voice - giving his view/opinion on the scene
A lawyer, gives advice to Eddie and Marco


'portly', 'good humoured' and…

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'a river will drown you'- the marriage between R+C is natural, and if he does anything to stop
it would go against him

The law is 'in a other law' - Eddie may have broken community laws, but no laws can
give Marco the justice he wants
'only god…

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'Catherine enters with plates' - shows how she is domesticated
'she's got a job' wants to grow up - wants to be different from Beatrice and break away
- sign to eddie that she's growing up
'why didn't you ask me before you took the job?' - Eddie…

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before kisses 'I think I can't stay here no more' - ready to move away
she 'tears' at Eddie's face - angry, shocked
'i'm going with him [Rodolfo]' - shows where her loyalty lies

worsened opinion of eddie

'this rat'
-when you 'rat' on something, give someone away

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Has an important role:
-motherly attitude to Catherine
-loyal wife
-typical woman
-spectator - has 'A view from the bridge' - tries to settle things - mediator/peacekeeper

Typical woman of the time

house wife - 'I didn't even buy a new tablecloth', proud of her home, wants to present…

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As a mediator

'go...whyn't you go tell her you're sorry'
tries to fix things between C+E
'go to your wedding, Katie, I'll stay home'
even though she wants to support C, she knows that if she goes it would make things worse,
has to support E
'Eddie, go in the…




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