A Position from the Bridge is a drama by American dramatist Arthur Miller. The drama is set in 1950s America. in an Italian American vicinity called Red Hook near the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. The chief character of the drama is Eddie Carbone. an Italian American stevedore. who lives with his married woman. Beatrice and an orphaned niece named Catherine. Eddie is Catherine’s uncle. but they are non akin. Eddie is really over-protective of Catherine and that he is about genitive of her. He gets covetous really easy when other work forces look at Catherine.
Eddie’s feelings for Catherine are really strong and he may besides hold sexual feelings for her. At the beginning of the drama. Eddie and Catherine have a really intimate and happy relationship. Eddie has given her the best life he can afford. and in return Catherine loves and trusts him wholly. However. their state of affairs changes rather quickly one time Beatrice’s cousins arrive from Italy. After their reaching. a spread seems to organize between Eddie and Catherine. Eddie bit by bit becomes haunted with seeking to halt fate from altering his life. This compulsion shortly leads to the misdemeanor of every lesson he has of all time believed in.
In Act I of the drama. we see that Catherine has a desire to be noticed by Eddie. Her exhilaration when he arrives place is about childly. Catherine besides has a despairing demand of blessing she seeks from her uncle. “You like it? I fixed it different. ” Her thirst to be accepted by him seems unnatural. On the contrary Eddie seems to bask Catherine in demand of his attending. as he continuously draws the subject of conversation back to her. The conversation turns from “… He’s here B. ! ” from Catherine. to “Beautiful… Lem me see in the back” from Eddie.
It is besides that at this really early point in the drama we might acquire leery of Eddie’s true feelings for Catherine. This is a consequence of his changeless remarks on her physical visual aspect. While Eddie’s mentions to her short skirt and her ‘ walkin’ wavy’ . could merely be a protective father’s concerns about the attending she is acquiring from other work forces. his purposes are still questionable. When Catherine tells Eddie that she got offered a occupation. Eddied asks inquiries and becomes really over-protective. ‘Near the Navy Yard plentifulness can go on in a block and a half.
And the plumbin’ company! That’s one measure over the H2O forepart. They’re practically stevedores. ’ Eddie knows that work forces are traveling to be looking at Catherine because stevedores and crewmans would be walking up the wards. He does non like the thought of her working in a topographic point where there would be work forces. who he knows from his ain experiences. could take advantage of his pure and guiltless Catherine. Eddie shows that this is how he thinks of her. when he calls her ‘a Madonna’ .
The manner in which Miller uses the word ‘Madonna’ is symbolic every bit merely like the Virgin Mary. who most Catholics worship. in his ain manner Eddie does about idolise and idolize Catherine. When Eddie eventually allows her to accept the occupation. Catherine’s reaction is really childly in the manner she does non command her emotions. She runs up to Eddie and hugs him. This shows the strength of Catherine’s love and regard for Eddie. This is non merely because of her answer to Eddie when he jokes about her go forthing him. but because of the manner she ‘grasps’ onto his weaponries. as she shouts out ‘no please!
‘ The really thought of traveling off from Eddie hurts her. The following scene is the reaching of Beatrice’s cousins. Marco and Rodolfo. who have entered the state illicitly. trusting to go forth behind hungriness and unemployment for a better life in America. Marco is an exceptionally strong adult male. said by Eddie’s friends to be ‘a regular bull. ‘ He besides has a hungering household in Italy ( a married woman. and 3 boies. one with TB ) . Rodolfo is in his late 20’s. carnival skinned. blond. and single. After their reaching. Catherine starts demoing involvement in Rodolfo which makes Eddie covetous.
Eddie notices this captivation and attempts to pre-occupy Catherine with doing java and other undertakings. Subsequently in the conversation when Rodolfo begins to sing ‘paper doll’ . Eddie realizes that Catherine is impressed in him and decides that he has to halt him. He makes up the alibi. ‘Look. child ; you don’t desire to be picked up. make ya? ’ Eddie says that if Rodolfo sings. people might hear him and he might acquire ‘picked up’ by the Immigration Bureau. This is merely an alibi because Eddie does non desire Rodolfo to be affecting Catherine. As the drama progresses towards the terminal of the first act. Catherine and Rodolfo start to travel out.
As a consequence Eddie discusses with Catherine about her feelings towards Rodolfo to which she replies by stating. ‘Yeah. I like him’ . Eddie is amazed by Catherine’s downrightness and as he dislikes Rodolfo. he poisons Catherine’s head against Rodolfo and tried to turn her against him. by coming up with alibis such as. ‘He don’t regard you’ . He says that Rodolfo did non inquire him for permission to travel out and is disrespecting him. When Catherine denies this. Eddie makes up yet. another alibi. ‘Katie. he’s merely bowin’ to his passport’ which means that.
Rodolfo is merely traveling to get married her merely so that he can go an American citizen. which profoundly hurts Catherine and about toxicants her head against Rodolfo. Towards the terminal of Act One. Eddie smartly introduces the topic of pugilism. which is appropriately a masculine activity for Eddie. and while feigning to learn Rodolfo how to package. he hits him in the oral cavity. Eddie believes that he can turn out himself right to Catherine by contending Rodolfo. For Eddie. this demonstrates to Catherine that Rodolfo is weak and feminine while he is the stronger and masculine one.
When Rodolfo falls down. Catherine hastes to Rodolfo’s side which horrifies Eddie as he clearly sees where Catherine’s loyalties prevarication as she shouts ‘Eddie’ . which displays her choler. Eddie was seeking to set Rodolfo out of image as he was ‘stealing’ Catherine off from him. Eddie so tells Rodolfo. ‘I’ll Teach him once more. ’ which could hold a dual significance as it could intend another lesson in packaging. or a lesson non to travel nigh Catherine once more. This besides shows that as the drama is come oning. Eddie’s actions are going more aggressive.
In decision. at the terminal of Act One. Eddie’s love for Catherine has become aggression towards Rodolfo. Eddie’s choler and emphasis is constructing up which is told to us by the phase way of Eddie ‘unconsciously writhing the newspaper’ . Here. Eddie is reassigning his feeling of choler and defeat to the newspaper. He twists the paper into a tight axial rotation and so bends it which all of a sudden tears in two. The newspaper represents Rodolfo and he is hence fierce Rodolfo and acquiring rid off him. This is what Eddie really wants to make to Rodolfo.