How Does Miller Introduce the Characters of Eddie, Beatrice and Catherine

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How does Miller introduce the relationship between Eddie, Catherine and Beatrice? In the opening scene of A View from the Bridge, it quickly becomes clear that the relationship between Eddie, Catherine and Beatrice is unusual and not as one would expect in the apparently contented domestic setting of the Carbone’s "clean” and “homely" apartment. Miller uses dialogue, subtext and stage directions to introduce and begin to explore the way in which the characters react to each other at the outset of the play. As Eddie returns home from work, it is his niece, Catherine, rather than his wife who greets him, immediately suggesting the closeness of their relationship. The stage directions show that Eddie reacts to Catherine in an unexpected way, becoming "shy" at how pleased she is to see him. This indicates that his feelings for her are not entirely normal and it is almost as though he does not feel worthy of her attention. This quickly changes, though, when he sees that she is all dressed up and he fires a volley of short, single clause questions at her -- "Where you goin’?" and "What's goin’ on?" He appears to be suspicious that she may be going to meet another man and this rapid change of mood indicates an element of unease and tension in their relationship. We are quickly made aware of Eddie’s apparently contradictory feelings for his niece; he is proud of the way she looks, "like one of them girls that went to college", but becomes upset that her skirt is too short and accuses her of "walkin’ wavy". As her guardian, he clearly takes pride in seeing her develop into a young lady, but at the same time is alarmed by the fact that other men are starting to notice her. There is a fine line developing between his feelings of protectiveness towards her and possessiveness. Eddie apparently finds it difficult to accept the fact that Catherine is growing up - referring to
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