A View from the Bridge
Study Questions and Suggested Essay Topics
Which elements of A View from the Bridge resemble Greek Tragedy? How does this change or affect the significance of the play as a modern drama?
What imagined world or reality does Eddie seek to uphold? How does he see himself? How does this differ from the actual world of the play?
How does Alferi function in the play? What values or laws does he represent? How does his presence alter the play or the audience's perception of the characters?
How are names important in A View from the Bridge?
What social codes or mores exist within the Red Hook, Italian American community of the play?
What is the symbolic nature of the Brooklyn Bridge in the play? What worlds does it bring together? What person also acts as a cultural bridge?
What laws do Eddie's actions infringe upon? What is the distinction made between tribal and American law?
Is Eddie a sympathetic hero? What elements of the play allow the audience to sympathize with Eddie? Overall, is the audience led to sympathize with Eddie or criticize his actions?
Who does Eddie betray in the play? How does betrayal work as thematic material? How is Eddie punished for his betrayal?
Characterize the relationship between Beatrice, Eddie and Catherine. What sort of familial taboos do they break? How does their relationship reflect on the American family in a general sense?
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