Study Guide

A View from the Bridge Sex

By Arthur Miller

Sex

Eddie: "Katie you are walkin' wavy! I don't like the looks they're givin you […] The heads are turnin' like windmills." (1.26)

We wonder if Eddie's unresolved sexual attraction to his niece makes it even harder for him to deal with the fact that other men are starting to find her attractive.

[Stage Direction:] [Catherine] strikes a match and holds it to [Eddie's] cigar.

Freud said, "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar." We say, "Yeah, but sometimes it's a big old phallic image."

Beatrice: "When am I going to be a wife again, Eddie?" (1.361)

Does Beatrice see sex with Eddie as part of her key role as a wife?

Alfieri: "I saw it was only a passion that had moved into his body, like a stranger." (1.508)

Why do think Alfieri uses the word passion instead of lust? Is it a better to describe Eddie's feelings for Catherine?

Alfieri: "there is too much love for the niece." (1.558)

Alfieri is trying to help Eddie here, but he immediately sinks back into denial.

Alfieri: "She can't marry you can she?" (1.567)

Here, Alfieri totally calls Eddie out. No one, up till now, has pointed out Eddie's taboo feelings in a more direct way.

Eddie: "it might be a little more free here but it's just as strict." (1.620)

It's interesting how perceptions of sexual liberation vary amongst different cultures.

[Stage Direction:] as [Catherine] strives to free herself [Eddie] kisses her on the mouth. (2.73)

If you weren't sure Eddie had incestuous feelings before, it's pretty clear now.

[Stage Direction:] Eddie pins [Rodolpho's] arms, laughing, and suddenly kisses him. (2.81)

Does this mean Eddie is secretly attracted to Rodolfo, too?

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

Is it only sex that Eddie wants from Catherine?

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