A View from the Bridge - Quotes
Terms in this set (44)
Alfieri flags out what one of the most important themes will be of the book at the very beginning so the audience keeps it in mind.
"Justice is very important here."
COLLOQUIALISM example I.E. informal language
"Turn around, lemme see in the back."
Repetition of this phrase makes it an extended metaphor for womanism and the growing up of Catherine
Eddie uses this imperative to infantilise Catherine
"You're a baby"
This story about [x] foreshadows what will happen to Eddie.
Catherine does this to Eddie, it is a hugely phallic symbol and shows how their relationship is totally inappropriate
She trikes a match and holds it to his cigar
This song is sung repeatedly throughout the book and shows men's ownership over women. It is also a recurring metaphor for Catherine.
This sentence sums up Bea's and Eddie's relationship and how they are experiencing problems.
"when am I gonna be a wife again, Eddie?"
Eddie uses this metaphor to convince Catherine there is no future with Rodolfo; he is weird, queer and all his dreams will never come true.
"He's got bright lights in his head"
The personification of Eddie's emotions emphasising his hubris and excessive emotions.
"a passion that had moved into his body like a stranger"
This quote has multiple meanings; there is something troubling him, there is a sense of him being trapped, there is a depth to his emotions (he has been concealing them the whole time) and he only has one path leading to his destiny (Greek tragedy link).
his eyes were like tunnels
This simile emphasises Eddie's humiliation when Marco can lift the chair but Eddie can't
the chair raised like a weapon over Eddie's head
Altieri says this describing Eddie's situation after he kisses Catherine. It mirrors the title, suggesting that you cannot fight the river, it is almost like destiny. It's also a metaphor for not being able to stop now.
"a river will drown you if you buck it now"
This describes how the stage focuses on the phone booth when Eddie calls the authorities. He shows how Eddie is descending into total loneliness
A phone booth begins to glow on the opposite side of the stage; a faint and lonely blue.
This is Eddie's moment of ANAGNORESIS where he realises he has done the wrong thing. But at this point it is too late and Catherine has lost all respect she had for Eddie.
"I realize maybe i kept you home too much."
Marco uses emotive language to emphasise the horrible thing that Eddie has done by calling the immigration officer.
"You killed my children!"
This shows that the laws on earth are useless.
"Only God makes justice"
Catherine compares Eddie to a rat in a metaphor towards the end of his life.
"He bites people when they sleep!"
Marco yells this at Eddie just before his death, it extends the metaphor of Eddie being a rat, less than human. It shows his raw, primitive behaviour and how Marco tries to destroy Eddie's status and show him to be of the lowest status.
"Animal! You go on your knees to me!"
This metaphor describes New York, emphasising how the people in the story are from the bottom of society but they are essential.
"This is the gullet of New York"
This phrase shows the importance of words in the story, foreshadowing howEddie will lose his life from words.
"you can quicker get back a million dollars that was stole than a word that you gave away."
This ambiguous phrase fits into the Paper Doll recurring metaphor of women being possessions. It is what Eddie thinks that Rodolfo is doing to him. It also links to his 'loss of name' from Marco because he has been shamed in his community.
"He's stealing from me!"
Catherine, at the end of the book, describes Eddie with this zoomorphic metaphor, to emphasise how much she hates Eddie.
"He's a rat! He belongs in the sewer!"
This is Catherine amplifying the metaphor of Eddie being a rat, at the end of the book.
"He comes when nobody's looking' and poisons decent people, in the garbage he belongs!"
Marco shouts this at the end. It mirrors what someone might say at court and mirrors how Alfieri said justice and law were 'very important', it also dehumanizes Eddie.
"That one! I accuse that one!"
Marco does this to Eddie. Its a symbol of Marcos ultimate hatred towards Eddie and also Eddie's hubris being attacked.
Marco spits in Eddie's face
Eddie uses this word to describe Rodolfo and hint that he's gay. Eddie feels threatened by the change occurring to the contemporary ideals of masculinity.
heeby-jeebies/ the guy ain't right
No, you gonna finish school
Eddies controlling nature of Catherine
Clack clack clack. The heads are turning like windmills
Eddie dislikes people looking at Catherine in a sexual way
I want my respect
Eddie feels he's loosing power over his family. Wants authority in this patriarchal society.
You won't have a friend in the world
Alfieri tries to persuade Eddie not to snitch
Watched it run its bloody course
Foreshadowing the death of Eddie
Now we settle for half
How the passion of Sicily is slowly dying out
She said they were poor
Shows how deprived Italy is
He dreams he dreams
Marcos ambition to achieve the American dream
All the law is not in a book
Marco values moral laws rather than real laws
you can never have her
Beatrice confronting Eddie about his incestral thoughts
Catherine's dream job
When I got married he would be happy
In my country he would be dead by now
Lack of masculinity
I want my name
Twelve years old
How Katie behaves around Eddie
A wife should believe their husband