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1 Study Booklet A View from the Bridge 2 Knowledge organiser 3 BQ: What themes (big ideas) are introduced in the opening pages of A View from the Bridge 5 BQ: What tensions do there appear to be in the relationship between Eddie, Beatrice and Catherine? 6 BQ: How are the characters of Marco and Rodolpho presented and how do they seem to differ 8 BQ: What differences does Eddie see between Rodolpho and the other longshoreman and why does he feel uneasy? 10 Recall test 11 BQ: What do the other longshoreman say about Rodolpho and what is revealed by the way Eddie reacts? 12 BQ: Why do Eddie and Beatrice have such different opinions over Catherine’s relationship with Rodolpho? 14 Recall Test 15 BQ: Alfieri says of Eddie, ‘I knew where he was heading for’ – what does he mean and why does he say it? 16 BQ: How does the balance of power shift at the end of the first act? ? 18 BQ: ‘Eddie, I’m not going to be a baby anymore!’ – How does the character of Catherine develop as the play progresses? 19 BQ: ‘Give me the number of the Immigration Bureau’ – Why does Eddie report Marco and Rodolpho? 20 BQ: ‘Marco knows what’s right from wrong’ – Why does Marco choose to seek revenge on Eddie? 22 Assessment 24 Wider reading: A View from the Bridge Miller reinvented with visceral power (The Guardian) 25 Useful websites
2 Key Events Act 1 Catherine reveals that she has been offered a job and Eddie expresses his disapproval; Eddie tells the story of Vinny Bolzano; Marco and Rodolpho arrive Rodolpho talks about his life in Italy; Rodolpho sings for Catherine; Eddie becomes increasingly vociferous about his suspicious of Rodolpho Mike and Louis joke to Eddie about Rodolpho’s flamboyance; Eddie continues to restrict Catherine’s freedom; Catherine finally admits that she has feelings for Rodolpho Catherine complains to Beatrice that Eddie will not listen to her; Beatrice urges Catherine to changer her behaviour around Eddie Alfieri advises Eddie not to prevent the relationship between Catherine and Rodolpho; Eddie hits Rodolpho; Marco defeats Eddie in a test of strength Act 2 Rodolpho and Catherine find themselves alone in the apartment; Rodolpho angrily rejects the idea of moving to Italy with Catherine Eddie drunkenly returns to the apartment; Eddie sees that Catherine and Rodolpho have been alone; Eddie kisses Rodolpho Alfieri tells Eddie that he is powerless to stop the marriage between Rodolpho and Catherine; Beatrice reveals that Lipari has illegal immigrants living with him Eddie calls the Immigration Bureau; Lipari’s house is raided; Marco challenges Eddie; Marco kills Eddie Key Characters Key Themes Key Words Eddie An ‘everyman’ character Has conflicting feelings for Catherine Demands respect Justice Alfieri represents the law Contrast between ‘old world’ and ‘new world’ Revenge is linked to justice Miller Tragedy Fate Chorus Italy Sicily America Brooklyn Red Hook Longshoreman Dock Friendship Status Loyalty Masculinity Respect Beatrice Devoted to Eddie

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