Study Guide

A View from the Bridge Abandonment

By Arthur Miller

Abandonment

Eddie: "I want you to be with a different kind of people. […] if you're gonna get outa here then get out; don't go practically in the same kind of neighborhood." (1.119)

Would Eddie ever really let Catherine go under any circumstances?

Eddie: "And then you'll move away. […] That's life. And you'll come visit on Sundays, then once a month, then Christmas and New Year's, finally." (1.130-132)

Eddie finds new and fun ways to give this guilt trip over and over again throughout the play.

Eddie: "I wish you the best. You know that, kid."
Catherine: "You sound like I'm goin' a million miles." (1.187-188)

To Eddie, Catherine might as well be going that far away. She's an adult now. He's losing the little girl he loves.

Stage Direction: Rodolpho […] with a high tenor voice begins singing:
Rodolpho: "I'll tell you boys it's tough to be alone, And it's tough to love a girl that's not your own […] I'm gonna buy a paper doll that I can call my own, A doll that other fellows cannot steal." (1.308)

Eddie becomes really agitated by this little ditty. We wonder if just maybe the words of the song remind him of Catherine.

Eddie: "You're runnin', Katie. I don't think you listening any more to me." (1.430)

Here comes that guilt trip again.

Catherine: "I know him and now I'm supposed to turn around and make a stranger out of him?" (2.57)

Catherine has a tough time abandoning Eddie because she has deep feelings for him herself.

Catherine, trembling with fright: "I think I have to get out of here, Eddie." (2.69)

You go, girl. This is the first time Catherine tells her uncle it's time for her to leave him.

Catherine: "Eddie, I'm not gonna be a baby anymore!" (2.73)

We wonder if it took Catherine so long to abandon Eddie, because she secretly enjoyed being him being in control of her life.

Catherine: "I'm gonna get married, Eddie. So if you wanna come, the wedding will be on Saturday." (2.166)

Is she really abandoning him or just replacing him with another man?

Beatrice: "You want somethin' else, Eddie, and you can never have her!" (2.316)

Would Eddie ever have truly been able abandon his obsession for Catherine, since he was incapable of recognizing the truth?