The purpose of this essay is to discuss the theme of love and how it is presented in A View from the Bridge, the importance of love in the play, the characters that demonstrate the various types of love, and how the characters are affected by these different types of love.
Throughout the play, Eddie show unnatural love for Catherine and not only acts like a father to her, but also as a jealous boyfriend. I dont believe it and I wish to hell youd stop it! This quote is a good example of Eddies jealousy about Rodolpho and Catherines relationship. He has shown his unnatural feeling for Catherine before when he was telling her not to wear high heels and that the men were looking at her too much: …youre walking wavy…I dont like the looks theyre giving you in the candy store. Then he also shows that he really cares about Catherine by saying You aint all the girls.When Beatrice notices Eddies unnatural love for Catherine, she encourages Rodolpho and Catherines relationship and talks to Eddie. Look, honey, you wanna get married, or dont you wanna get married? What are you worried about, Katie?
When Beatrice says this to Catherine, she clearly encourages her relationship with Rodolpho. The relationship between Eddie and Beatrice also gets worse as she asks Eddie: When am I gonna be a wife again, Eddie?The romantic love between Rodolpho and Catherine is, according to Eddie just to get a Green Card and to be able to legally stay in the USA. Catherine argues that Rodolpho is innocent and that he simply loves her. The fact that Catherine loves Rodolpho is clearly shown when Rodolpho is singing and Eddie interrupts him and she says: Leave him finish, its beautiful! Hes terrific! Its terrific, Rodolpho. Rodolpho indicates his love for Catherine as well when Eddie asks him if he would like some sugar with the coffee and he replies: Yes! I like sugar very much! This might have a symbolic reason as sugar also stands for love.
Beatrice also shows family love as she accepts cousins which she has never seen before into her house. She shows this when she is worried that she didnt buy a new tablecloth: Im I just I cant believe it! I didnt even buy a new tablecloth; I was gonna wash the walls . This shows how much she cares about her family. Later on in the story, Marco is forced to act in a powerful and protective way when Eddie insults and hurts his brother. This shows brotherly love. Eddie also shows family love as how he takes care of Catherine.
The love for a country is also illustrated throughout the play as Rodolpho really loves the United States and Catherine loves Italy. Rodolpho shows his love for America when Eddie asks him if he plans to stay in America and he replies: Me? Yes, for ever! and when he says …I want to be an American.Throughout the play, many types of love are shown like romantic love, family love, love for a country, and the unnatural feelings Eddie has towards Catherine.
A View From the Bridge by Arthur Miller