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Answers of the booklet activity (Pages 40 & 41) . By Valentina, nina & olivia

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A View From The Bridge

  1. 1. Act​ ​1,​ ​booklet​ ​activity​ ​pages​ ​40​ ​&​ ​41.​ ​By​ ​Nina​ ​Fischer,​ ​Valentina​ ​Pernarcic​ ​&​ ​Olivia Vidal 1.“Where​ ​you​ ​goin’​ ​all​ ​dressed​ ​up?...​ ​What​ ​happened​ ​to​ ​your​ ​hair?”​ ​Are​ ​Eddie’s remark​ ​to​ ​Catherine​ ​compliments​ ​or​ ​criticism?​ ​Explain​ ​your​ ​answer. ​ ​In​ ​​ ​this​ ​quote,​ ​Eddie​ ​is​ ​criticising​ ​Catherine’s​ ​choice​ ​of​ ​clothing​ ​and​ ​style.​ ​He​ ​is​ ​being overprotective​ ​of​ ​Catherine,​ ​and​ ​that’s​ ​why​ ​he​ ​doesn’t​ ​want​ ​Catherine​ ​to​ ​wear​ ​provocative clothing,​ ​because​ ​he​ ​doesn’t​ ​want​ ​anyone​ ​coming​ ​near​ ​Catherine. “I​ ​think​ ​it’s​ ​too​ ​short,​ ​ain’t​ ​it​ ​(Talking​ ​about​ ​a​ ​skirt)” 2.What​ ​do​ ​Eddie’s​ ​comments​ ​on​ ​Catherine’s​ ​current​ ​behaviour​ ​suggest​ ​about​ ​his relationship​ ​with​ ​her? “Eddie:​ ​(Talking​ ​about​ ​a​ ​job)​ ​What​ ​job?​ ​She’s​ ​gonna​ ​finish​ ​school.” “Catherine:​ ​Eddie​ ​you​ ​won’t​ ​believe​ ​it-“ “Eddie:​ ​No-​ ​No,​ ​you​ ​gonna​ ​finish​ ​school.​ ​What​ ​kinda​ ​job,​ ​what​ ​do​ ​you​ ​mean?​ ​All​ ​of​ ​a​ ​sudden you-“ (​ ​The​ ​conversation​ ​keeps​ ​on​ ​going​ ​with​ ​Eddie​ ​refusing​ ​to​ ​accept​ ​that​ ​Catherine​ ​might​ ​work, and​ ​with​ ​Catherine​ ​and​ ​Beatrice​ ​trying​ ​to​ ​convince​ ​him​ ​otherwise​ ​) Eddie​ ​is​ ​mysteriously​ ​exceptionally​ ​overprotective​ ​of​ ​Catherine.​ ​He​ ​shows​ ​more​ ​affection towards​ ​her​ ​than​ ​an​ ​uncle​ ​should,​ ​and​ ​Is​ ​slowly​ ​neglecting​ ​his​ ​wife,​ ​Beatrice,​ ​and​ ​replacing her​ ​with​ ​his​ ​nephew,​ ​Catherine,​ ​without​ ​her​ ​realizing. 3.To​ ​What​ ​extent​ ​does​ ​Eddie​ ​send​ ​Catherine​ ​mixed​ ​messages​ ​by​ ​this​ ​contradictory language,telling​ ​her​ ​on​ ​the​ ​one​ ​hand​ ​‘You’re​ ​a​ ​baby’​ ​and​ ​on​ ​the​ ​other​ ​hand​ ​‘You’re getting​ ​to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​big​ ​girl​ ​now’ When​ ​Eddie​ ​calls​ ​Catherine​ ​a​ ​baby,​ ​he​ ​wants​ ​to​ ​minimize​ ​her,​ ​so,​ ​if​ ​he​ ​keeps​ ​calling​ ​her​ ​a baby,​ ​she​ ​will​ ​somehow​ ​starts​ ​acting​ ​like​ ​one,​ ​to​ ​a​ ​certain​ ​extent,​ ​and​ ​always​ ​come​ ​back​ ​to him​ ​and​ ​depend​ ​on​ ​him.​ ​But,​ ​when​ ​Eddie​ ​calls​ ​Catherine​ ​a​ ​big​ ​girl,​ ​he​ ​is​ ​either​ ​trying​ ​to mock​ ​her,​ ​or​ ​trying​ ​to​ ​get​ ​her​ ​to​ ​act​ ​like​ ​maturely​ ​like​ ​an​ ​adult,​ ​and​ ​trying​ ​desperately​ ​to​ ​get her​ ​to​ ​understand​ ​his​ ​point​ ​of​ ​view​ ​in​ ​certain​ ​subjects. 4.​ ​What​ ​is​ ​revealed​ ​about​ ​Eddie’s​ ​character​ ​from​ ​the​ ​following? -Beatrice’s​ ​comment:“I’m​ ​just​ ​afraid​ ​if​ ​it​ ​don’t​ ​turn​ ​out​ ​good​ ​you’ll​ ​be​ ​mad​ ​at​ ​me’. In​ ​this​ ​quote,​ ​Beatrice’s​ ​fear​ ​of​ ​Eddie’s​ ​anger​ ​is​ ​clearly​ ​conveyed.​ ​She​ ​wants​ ​to​ ​reach​ ​his expectations​ ​so​ ​he​ ​wouldn’t​ ​get​ ​mad,​ ​otherwise,​ ​he​ ​would​ ​probably​ ​lash​ ​out​ ​on​ ​her. -His​ ​pattern​ ​of​ ​three​ ​questions:“What’s​ ​all​ ​this​ ​about?​ ​​ ​Where’s​ ​she​ ​goin’?....What’s​ ​goin’ on?’ In​ ​this​ ​sentence,​ ​Eddie​ ​is​ ​asking​ ​about​ ​Catherine.​ ​This​ ​clearly​ ​shows​ ​that​ ​he​ ​is​ ​worried about​ ​her,​ ​and​ ​that​ ​he​ ​is​ ​being​ ​overprotective,​ ​maybe​ ​more​ ​than​ ​he​ ​should. -His​ ​negative​ ​language:No-no...not.​ ​​ ​​ ​Wonderful….never​ ​get​ ​nowheres….no​ ​job’. He​ ​is​ ​not​ ​a​ ​person​ ​with​ ​many​ ​manners.​ ​He​ ​speaks​ ​his​ ​opinion,​ ​not​ ​caring​ ​about​ ​who​ ​he might​ ​hurt​ ​.​ ​And​ ​his​ ​opinion​ ​is​ ​mostly​ ​negative​ ​towards​ ​the​ ​women​ ​in​ ​his​ ​life,​ ​he​ ​speaks​ ​a negative​ ​language. -On​ ​debating​ ​Catherine’s​ ​job:’That​ ​ain’t​ ​what​ ​I​ ​wanted,though.’
  2. 2. Eddie​ ​already​ ​planned​ ​out​ ​Catherine’s​ ​life.​ ​He​ ​wanted​ ​her​ ​to​ ​always​ ​be​ ​near​ ​him,​ ​to​ ​be​ ​his little​ ​girl,​ ​no​ ​matter​ ​the​ ​age​ ​or​ ​the​ ​circumstances,​ ​but,​ ​when​ ​she​ ​doesn’t​ ​do​ ​what​ ​he​ ​wanted her​ ​to,​ ​he​ ​gets​ ​angry. 5-What​ ​sort​ ​of​ ​relationship​ ​does​ ​Eddie​ ​have​ ​with​ ​his​ ​wife? Eddie,​ ​it​ ​seems,​ ​has​ ​neglected​ ​his​ ​wife.​ ​He​ ​is​ ​constantly​ ​dismissing​ ​her,​ ​her​ ​ideas​ ​and beliefs,​ ​meanwhile,​ ​worrying,​ ​listening​ ​and​ ​caring​ ​about​ ​Catherine,​ ​his​ ​niece. It​ ​seems​ ​like​ ​he​ ​doesn’t​ ​care​ ​about​ ​his​ ​marriage​ ​anymore,​ ​and​ ​is​ ​still​ ​with​ ​Beatrice​ ​out​ ​of obligation. 6-Eddie​ ​directly​ ​calls​ ​Catherine​ ​a​ ​variety​ ​of​ ​affectionate​ ​terms,​ ​such​ ​as​ ​‘Katie...kid...a baby….a​ ​big​ ​girl...Madonna...Garbo’-discuss​ ​how​ ​each​ ​one​ ​gives​ ​a​ ​different​ ​view​ ​of Catherine​ ​in​ ​his​ ​eyes. All​ ​terms​ ​have​ ​one​ ​thing​ ​in​ ​common,​ ​and​ ​it’s​ ​that​ ​they​ ​show​ ​that​ ​Eddie​ ​cares​ ​about​ ​him,​ ​in different​ ​aspects​ ​that​ ​is,​ ​but​ ​he​ ​still​ ​does. The​ ​terms​ ​‘Katie,​ ​Madonna,​ ​and​ ​Garbo’​ ​are​ ​affectionate​ ​terms,​ ​they​ ​portrait​ ​beauty​ ​and affection,​ ​and​ ​you​ ​can​ ​see​ ​Eddie​ ​call​ ​Catherine​ ​that,​ ​but​ ​not​ ​Beatrice,​ ​mysterious…… Meanwhile,​ ​the​ ​terms​ ​‘Kid,​ ​A​ ​baby,​ ​and​ ​A​ ​Big​ ​Girl’​ ​make​ ​Catherine​ ​look​ ​younger,​ ​and​ ​you can​ ​clearly​ ​see​ ​that​ ​Eddie​ ​means​ ​‘His​ ​Kid,​ ​‘His​ ​Baby’,​ ​and​ ​‘His​ ​Big​ ​Girl’.​ ​He​ ​doesn’t​ ​want​ ​her to​ ​grow​ ​up​ ​and​ ​leave​ ​him.

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