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A View from the Bridge Act 1 scene 1 1. A theme raised by Alfieri in the prologue is justice. “justly shot by unjust men”. What do you think Alfieri means?
2. What does Alfieri mean in the opening scene when he says: “sat there as powerless as I, and watched it run its bloody course.”?
Notes Alfieri is the chorus in this play which follows the format of a Greek Tragedy. (A Greek Tragedy has a set of rules written in Aristotles’ Poetics.) Eddie is at the top of his wheel of fortune – well respected in his community and by his family. He has a fatal flaw – a character trait he can’t change. Fate will make him act in a certain way and lead to his tragic downfall – he will lose everything. This type of play makes the audience go through lots of emotion which leaves you emotionally drained. This is called catharsis . 3. Find a quote to show that Eddie is worried that Catherine is attractive to men.
4. Explain why Eddie’s over-protective nature is a concern.
5. “almost in tears because he disapproves” What do you think about Catherine’s reaction to Eddie – explain your answer carefully.
6. What are the relationships between Beatrice and Eddie, Beatrice and Catherine and finally between Eddie and Catherine?
7. What are Eddie’s reasons for not wanting Catherine to accept the job even though it is fifty dollars a week and she has been selected as top of the class?
He wants her to work in a lawyer’s office – unrealistic She’ll grow up and leave home and he’ll never see her 8. The arrival of the cousins is important because they will stay with Eddie and Beatrice and they are illegal immigrants. What warning does Eddie emphasise to B and Catherine? Find a quote and explain why he gives this warning.
9. What happens to Vinny Bolzano?

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