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The play explores what happens when paternal love becomes too extreme. In other words: incest. Or, should we say, strong incestuous subtext. So strong that it's obvious that the main character's desires have mutated from love into something much more carnal. The play also touches on themes of supposed homosexuality, marital impotence, and a young girl's sexual awakening. It probably won't be a Disney movie anytime soon.
In A View from the Bridge, the central themes are Love, Justice and the Law, and Codes of Honour. Together, they help us to learn about the characters and understand why they act as they do.
There are various types of love explored in the play. From which characters do we learn about the different sorts of love?
The play shows us that love is not always beautiful - it is responsible for all theconflict between the characters. It is a deep passion that can create jealousy and cause pain both to the person who loves, the person who is loved and those around them. For Eddie, love also causes conflict within himself when he cannot admit to his illicit love for Catherine.
What do you imagine happens to the lovers Catherine and Rodolpho at the end of the play? Do they go on to find happiness? What about Beatrice?