Eddie says that no one can be trusted, which also applies to the case of his wife's cousins, the immigrants—they must not tell anyone that they are here. From the beginning, Marco seems serious about working to help his family in Italy, but Rodolpho is more concerned with becoming an American citizen and buying a motorcycle. In the novel A View from the Bridge' Eddie failed to face the truth of his secret and undeniable love for Catherine, this is the root cause of his demise. Soon the immigration officers show up and haul away Marco, Rodolpho, and two other men. Alfieri is unconvinced, and anyway there's nothing the law can do to stop the relationship — unless, of course, Eddie calls Immigration on the cousins.
Revivals over the years have done well, making this one of Miller's most popular plays. But those days are over, and he explains that the passionate justice of the old world has been traded in for a new American civility. Marco and Rodolpho enter the apartment and meet Beatrice and Eddie. Marco hits Eddie and calls him an animal. In total, Eddie makes 20 speeches in total while Catherine makes 19 and Beatrice makes 3. Eddie visits one of the area's attorneys, Alfieri, trying to find some legal way to keep the young Italian man from his precious niece. Eddie tells Rodolpho that he wants to talk to Catherine alone.
A View from the Bridge: overview Adrian Rawlins as Rodolpho and Michael Gambon as Eddie in the National Theatre production of A View from the Bridge 1987 A fair starting point. Eddie resents the fact that Rodolpho thinks Catherine is looser than Italian girls. Eddie hints that Rodolpho is homosexual but Alfieri tells him he cannot prove anything. Eddie is waiting impatiently for Catherine and Rodolpho to return from seeing a movie. Unlike the play, in which central character Eddie Carbone is stabbed to death with his own knife in a scuffle with his wife Beatrice's cousin Marco toward the end, in the film Eddie commits suicide by plunging a cargo hook into his chest. Eddie glowers as he watches them but then jumps up and asks if he can teach Rodolpho how to box.
He's come to America to send money back to his starving tuberculosis-ridden family. Beatrice is overjoyed to see her cousin, and Catherine is stunned by the younger brother Rodolpho's blonde hair. Alfieri compares himself with a lawyer in the time of Caesar, powerless to watch the events of that tragedy run its bloody course. Alfieri tells Eddie there is nothing that can be done unless he wants to report both men as illegal immigrants, which Eddie is reluctant to do. The main action has Eddie having a conversation with Catherine and informing Beatrice, about the arrival of her cousins from Italy. Eddie's niece, Catherine, reaches out the window and waves to Eddie and Louis. Beatrice encourages Catherine to get married to Rodolpho if that is what she wants to do.
Marco ignores his promise and shows up outside, yelling for Eddie to come down and face him. Male characters talk about their job as longshoremen, working on the docks. As he's being dragged into the street, Marco spits in Eddie's face and accuses him in front of the whole neighborhood. He and Rodolpho are excited at the opportunity to make money in the U. Catherine and Rodolpho plan to get married immediately.
Marco glowers in rage and says Eddie would be dead by now if he was back in Italy, but acquiesces. In retaliation, Marco challenges Eddie to lift a chair from the bottom of its leg, when Eddie fails to do this, Marco picks up the chair with one hand from the bottom of its leg and lifts it above his head. Background of the Play Well-known American playwright Arthur Miller wrote A View from the Bridge in 1955, but initial reception was rather negative. At first we think he is just being a protective father figure, but it becomes more clear that he not only wishes to keep her at home but he also wants to posses her, which he cannot. They go into a bedroom. This betrayal proves disastrous: he comes back to learn that Catherine and Rodolpho are engaged, and Beatrice informs him two more illegal immigrants have moved into the upstairs apartment.
A middle-aged lawyer named Alfieri introduces the audience to the Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook in the 1950s, populated mostly by Italian-American immigrants. Eddie Carbone walks down the street to his house. Immigration comes and arrests Marco and Rodolpho. Miller awakened in me the taste for all that must be-the empathy and love for the least of us, out of which bursts a gratitude for the poetry of his characters and the greatness of their creator. Act I Opening to Eddie telling Catherine to take off her high heels Summary The play opens in Red Hook Brooklyn, an Italian-American community, right on the New York City waterfront. The uncle was beaten and dragged from the family's home.
Eddie visits Alfieri once again, who repeatedly tells him to let Catherine go. While Eddie sits at the table and Beatrice and Catherine ready the table for dinner, Catherine tells Eddie that has been offered a job as a stenographer. After being frequently warned by Mr Alfieri, Eddie remains unaware of the consequences that his passion could have not only on him, but on his relationship with his wife; Beatrice. As the play opens he is talking sternly but affectionately to Catherine and warning her about the men who stare at her and how she needs to be careful about how she walks. Eddie thinks this is ridiculous, and is displeased at the idea of Rodolpho and Catherine being together. The film is more commonly remembered today for a 'shocking' set piece, in which Eddie kisses Rodolpho full on the lips to 'prove' that the boy is gay.
The officers push her away and begin to take the men out. Detailed biography of the personal, historical and psychological influences on Miller and some background information on what inspired his writing of tragedy in the common man. Marco and Rodolpho show two different examples of the complex immigrant experience: Marco is completely dedicated to working and maximizing his economic chances in the U. Eddie's inability to face the truth of his passion for Catherine is the cause of his downfall. As if to foreshadow a literary device used to indicate an important future event the tragic events to come, Eddie and Beatrice remember the case of Vinny Bolanzo, a 14-year-old illegal Italian immigrant whose own uncle informed on him to the police and had him deported. Knocks are heard at the door and two immigration officers enter the building. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Rodolpho seems to love her, though, and tries to marry her. Marco and Rodolpho arrive and the family welcomes them. In the extract from page 5 — 8, the three main characters involved are Eddie, his niece, Catherine, and his wife Beatrice. Eddie — character we study, tragic hero because — inability to let go of Catherine — leads to betraying his family - tragic error of judgement 5. Eddie was a very proud man and would not even think of betraying his wife. The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality In The Movies. In the final scene of the play, Eddie is shown to be furious with his humiliation and refuses to attend the wedding.