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A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller is a study in manipulation Throughout the text the main characters of Eddie Catherine Beatrice Rodolpho and Marco both struggle to dominate others and accept being dominated The lines of power are drawn quite clearly to begin with Eddie is evidently the dominant power-holder However throughout the narrative there is a shift in power and those who once held little sway over others become the deciding forces This transfer in power becomes apparent to the reader through a variety of techniques such as dialogue stage directions for example the chair-lifting incident and non-verbal interaction between the characters A View from the Bridge is a text which appeals to the readers understanding of the characters by forcing audiences to understand their hierarchy and thus contributes to the evaluation of the transfer of power between individuals and the manipulation of others The power structures apparent in the opening stages of A View from the Bridge are headed by Eddie being the most dominant Catherine and Beatrice are clearly subservient to him with this obedience revealing itself on numerous occasions such as when Catherine lights his cigar and the constant setting of the table and other womens duties by both women and later on Rodolpho Eddie holds power over the women by deciding their submissive positions for them such as his disapproval of Catherines independence shown when he states that Catherine is walkin wavy However his placement of Catherine as an alternate wife figure is what ultimately leads to his downfall the others see this as unsuitable and when there is an attempted shift in role such as Rodolphos engagement to Catherine Eddie tries to assert his power of Catherine and manipulate her into remaining in her position as substitute wife although this only succeeds in alienating the other characters further such as Beatrice and alerting Catherine to his true intentions When Catherine shuns Eddie but in Eddies eyes
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