A View from the Bridge

by

Arthur Miller

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A View from the Bridge Characters

Eddie Carbone

The tragic protagonist of the play, Eddie is a hard-working man who supports his wife Beatrice and his niece Catherine, whom he has raised like a daughter. He begins the play as a well-liked… read analysis of Eddie Carbone

Beatrice

Eddie’s wife, who is suspicious about Eddie’s feelings for Catherine and who tries to encourage Catherine to become more independent. Eddie feels that Beatrice doesn’t respect him because of how much she disagrees with him… read analysis of Beatrice

Catherine

Catherine is Eddie’s niece, but he has raised her like a daughter, and she looks up to him as a kind of father figure. She is poised on the threshold of adulthood as the play… read analysis of Catherine

Alfieri

An Italian-American lawyer and a sort of narrator for the play, who guides the audience through the story. Eddie visits Alfieri to see if there is any legal action he can take to keep Catherineread analysis of Alfieri

Marco

One of Beatrice’s cousins from Italy, who immigrates illegally to the United States and lives in Eddie’s apartment. He is more hard-working and traditionally masculine than Rodolpho and therefore Eddie respects Marco more than Rodolpho… read analysis of Marco
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Rodolpho

The other one of Beatrice’s cousins from Italy, who stays at Eddie’s apartment. Unlike Marco, Rodolpho spends his money lavishly on clothes and other things, and enjoys himself out in the city. He sings… read analysis of Rodolpho

Mike and Louis

Two of Eddie’s neighbors, who more or less stand in for the entire neighborhood in which the play is set. Early in the play, they are Eddie’s friends, and they joke about how strange Rodolphoread analysis of Mike and Louis

Lipari

A butcher who lives in the same apartment building as Eddie. He has two illegal immigrants, his family members, staying with him, and then Beatrice has Marco and Rodolpho move into his apartment, as… read analysis of Lipari

Immigration Officers

The officers who come late in the play to arrest Marco and Rodolpho, after Eddie calls the Immigration Bureau. The officers are agents of the law who illustrate the difference between justice and the… read analysis of Immigration Officers