GCSE English Literature A View From The Bridge Themes

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Themes in A View from the Bridge
Love
There are many different types of love between many different characters; this is what causes most
of the conflict in the play. The different types are shown in the table below:
Type of Love Characters
Family love This type of love is evident between Beatrice, Catherine and Eddie
Beatrice also loves her family in Sicily enough to help them and let Marco
and Rodolfo stay
Rodolfo loves his family in Italy, this is why he comes to America, it is also
why he kills Eddie in the end, and he says "That one. That one killed my
family!"
Father- Daughter love This should be the type of love Eddie shows for Catherine, as he has raised
her like a daughter- he has also worked hard to provide for her, like a father
would for a daughter
However, it is a stronger love that he really shows her
Brotherly love Marco shows Rodolfo brotherly love, he does not want him getting picked
up, and therefore tells him to do what Eddie asks- stop singing, come home
earlier etc.
His love is not strong enough, however, to respect Rodolfo's wishes at the
end of the play; Rodolfo asks him to promise not to seek revenge on Eddie,
in order to be granted bail and allowed to go to his wedding
Marco does make the promise, but then breaks it and kills Eddie
Romantic/ married This kind of love should be obvious between Eddie and Beatrice, however
love this is not the case, their love is not as strong, and Beatrice asks "When am I
gonna be a wife again Eddie?"
Eddie shows a more sexual love for Catherine, even though he refuses to
admit it ; this is Eddie's hamartia and causes much of the conflict in the play
(between Eddie and Rodolfo, between Catherine and Eddie, and eventually
between Eddie and Marco) "There is too much love for the daughter, there
is too much love for the niece. Do you understand what I'm saying to
you?" In a lot of ways, Catherine is more like a wife to Eddie than Beatrice,
it is her we first see him with in the play, and she is very attentive to him,
she gets his coffee, and his cigar etc.
Catherine and Rodolfo fall deeply in love, and their relationship moves on
throughout the book; they start by going out to the cinema and Broadway,
then when Eddie comes in drunk, we know they had sex
Love of a place Both Marco and Rodolfo love their town in Italy, they describe its beauty
Rodolfo loves America, he wishes to become an American citizen; this is the
excuse Eddie uses for why Rodolfo really wants to marry Catherine, "He's
bowin' to his passport."
The play shows us that love is not always a good thing, if there's too much of it, or for the wrong
person, it can cause conflict between people:

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Themes in A View from the Bridge
Love causes conflict within Eddie as he battles his feelings for Catherine, he cannot admit them
It also causes conflict throughout much of the play- most of it verbal- between Eddie and Rodolfo,
Eddie does not want Rodolfo to take Catherine out, and he does not want Catherine to love Rodolfo
Love causes conflict for Beatrice- she wants to go to Catherine's wedding, but she can't because of
her love for Eddie
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There is a lot of conflict between the community laws and the American laws in the play…read more

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Honour
Definition of honour: `high respect, as for worth, merit, or rank'
Codes of honour bind families and the community together, to betray someone is the most
dishonourable act imaginable
It is clear that Eddie and Beatrice that Vinny Bolzano did the wrong thing by both his family, and the
community, and has therefore lost his honour "Guy do a thing like that? How's he gonna show his
face?"
The story of Vinny Bolzano also suggests that honour…read more

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Manliness
Eddie has a narrow view of what he considers manliness, anything which is slightly different from the
norm is not manly- this is reflected in his views on Rodolfo
Eddie is the man of the household and he lays down the rules, he cannot accept Rodolfo's more
gentle talents, as he expects all men to do the same
Rodolfo can sing, cook and sew, and has platinum hair, as far as Eddie is concerned, this is enough…read more

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Brittany - Team GR

Thanks! :) 

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An excellent resource which covers the important themes and includes many relevant quotes. Very detailed and useful.

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