Obsession # a View from the Bridge Essay

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Eddie's Character and Catherine's Innocence "A View from the Bridge" contains two central characters, Eddie and Catherine. Eddie is an Italian American dock worker who lives in a working class of Brooklyn, New York with his wife and her niece, Catherine. Eddie and Beatrice (his wife) are the legal guardians of Catherine as Catherine's mum died. Eddie is a man of Sicilian background and this builds up his character of a macho and stubborn man. Being of Italian descendant, he demands respect from Beatrice and shows sense of masculinity. Eddie's views are narrow minded about the man's working and protecting his wife, while the woman's job is in the kitchen and in the home, knitting and cooking for her family. Beatrice, being a religious Catholic, stands by and obeys her husband. Eddie thrives on the respect he has from his neighbourhood in Brooklyn because in Sicily, people are in close-lit communities and so people that do not get respect from their community are isolated and hated. Being Sicilian, he also brings about the strong theme of justice into the play. This can be seen in the beginning when Eddie allows Beatrice's cousins Marco and Rodolfo who arrived to New York illegally without informing the Immigration Bureau. He agrees because he believes that the law does not matter and your own rules, in terms of justice. These alternative rules are based on the views of the neighbourhood and a person's own emotions and feelings. Eddie lets Beatrice's cousins also because he believes that the family should look out for each other and should not let them down or betray them. Eddie then backs up his view by narrating the story of Vinny Bonzano, who tattled on his own uncle and was despised by his whole neighbourhood. "And they grabbed him in the kitchen and pulled him down the stairs... And they spit on him the street, his own father and his brothers.
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