English view from a bridge Charecters (Eddie Carbone (The tragic…
English view from a bridge Charecters
The tragic protagonist of the play
Eddie is a
supports his wife Beatrice and his niece
Catherine, whom he has raised like a daughter.
play as a well-liked member of his neighborhood community,
has a strong sense of honor.
His fatherly feelings for
Catherine are gradually revealed to be an extreme, oppressive form of love
for Catherine begins to seem more and more like an incestuous desire
Eddie feels threatened and fears being pushed
out of his position in his own home.
Eddie loses the respect of his own family and his
granted a modicum of dignity in his
suspicious about Eddie’s
feelings for Catherine
tries to encourage Catherine to
become more independent.
Eddie feels that Beatrice doesn’t
respect him because of how much she disagrees with him.
Beatrice actually defends Eddie when
Catherine finally yells at him and calls him a rat.
she still loves her husband,
as can be seen at the end of the play when she holds Eddie as he dies
Catherine is Eddie’s niece, but he has raised her
like a daughter,
she looks up to him as a kind of father
poised on the threshold of adulthood as the play
Eddie continually tries to hold her back from the
adult world and treats her as a child
progressively matures over the course of the play and becomes more independent
Catherine is still heavily
influenced (and maybe even manipulated) by other characters
An Italian-American lawyer and a sort of narrator for
the play, who guides the audience through the story.
visits Alfieri to see if there is any legal action he can take
Alfieri advises him to
let Catherine make her own decisions.
Near the end of the play, he helps bail Marco out of
prison and tries to convince Marco not to seek revenge
Through Alfieri we see that what is
legal is not always what is just, and what is illegal is not always unjust
One of Beatrice’s cousins from Italy, who immigrates
illegally to the United States and lives in Eddie’s apartment
more hard-working and traditionally masculine than
Eddie respects Marco more than
Marco spits in Eddie’s face and
publicly accuses him of betrayal.
Marco has a strong sense of
personal honor and justice,
feels obligated to seek some
form of revenge on Eddie.
Marco ends up stabbing Eddie with Eddie's
own knife, killing him.
The other one of Beatrice’s cousins from Italy, who
stays at Eddie’s apartment.
Unlike Marco, Rodolpho spends his
money lavishly on clothes and other things, and enjoys himself
He sings in a high-pitched voice, cooks, and can
Eddie is very suspicious of him, and thinks
that he may be homosexual,
Rodolpho ends up falling for Catherine, and the two
prepare to get married.
Eddie warns Catherine that Rodolpho
may simply be seeking a way to become an American citizen,
Rodolpho vehemently denies this.
While he may truly love
Catherine, his behavior toward her is at times not so different from eddie