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“Whatever happened we all done it.” Discuss who you think is to blame for the tragedy at the end of the play.

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"Whatever happened we all done it." Discuss who you think is to blame for the tragedy at the end of the play. "Whatever happened we all done it." These words are spoken by Beatrice in response to Catherine's accusations about Eddie Carbone. Catherine has just accused Eddie of being a rat, "You belong in the sewers." "In the garbage he belongs." "He bites people when they sleep." Later in the play Eddie draws a knife on Marco who turns the knife back into him and Eddie dies. In my opinion it can be argued that all the characters; Eddie, Catherine Marco, Rodolfo and Beatrice contribute to the tragic death of Eddie at the end of the play. Eddie Carbone contributes most in my opinion to his own death at the climax of the play. We can see his over-protective behaviour towards Catherine at the start of the play, "I'm tellin' you you're walkin' wavy." This over-protective behaviour towards Catherine may contribute to Eddie's constant feeling that he controls the life of Catherine. He is obsessed with her and analyses everything she does to her appearance; "Where are you goin' all dressed up?" "And what happened to your hair?" Eddie shows a hint of jealousy in the same conversation as when he displays his feelings on Catherine's way of walking when he comments the 'looks' that Catherine is getting from other men, "I don't like the looks they're giving you in the candy store." ...read more.

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"Go ahead Rodolfo. He's a good boxer. He could teach you." "He's teachin' him; he's very good." The fact that Beatrice encourages this kind of behaviour gives Eddie a good enough reason to hit Rodolfo and teach him a lesson. This 'fight' may also be another method by Eddie to get rid of Rodolfo for good. This contribution by Beatrice may not seem much at the time, but it may have been a considerable boost for Eddie in his attempt to eliminate Rodolfo from Catherine's life. Marco, the cousin of Beatrice Carbone is introduced into the play after he and his brother have entered America illegally. Marco, in my opinion contributed greatly to the tragedy at the end of the play but I do not feel that his contribution was as great as Eddie's. Marco is the character who accuses Eddie of reporting him to the immigration bureau in front of the whole neighbourhood. "That one! I accuse that one!" "That one! He killed my children! That one stole the food from my children!" The fact that Marco has said these things about him in public has removed the people of Red Hook's respect for Eddie and therefore he has now got a mission to get his 'name back'. The way in which Eddie goes about getting his name back (with a knife) ...read more.

Conclusion

This change in attitude toward Eddie leaves Eddie with virtually nothing, no friends, no respect and no Catherine. Eddie is a broken man and has no one but himself to blame but himself. The only thing that he can do is to recapture his name from Marco, which he doesn't succeed in doing. Catherine's guilt at the end of the play may be summed up in the final statement. "Eddie, I never meant to do nothin' bad to you." Having began the play in all innocence, being dutiful and loving to her elders, her character develops a rebellious streak who is prepared to defy Eddie at all costs. She is also not afraid to speak her mind, "Who the hell do you think you are?" I feel that it must be argued that it was mostly Eddie Carbone's fault for his downfall although the other characters contribute to the tragedy. He was the one that made the call to the immigration bureau and he was the one that set out with the knife to kill Marco. At the end of the play we see the state of desperateness that Eddie has resorted to. From his words, "Oh, Jesus, no, I wouldn't do nothin' about that" when Alfieri suggests that Eddie should report them to the immigration bureau Eddie does exactly this later in the play. Eddie's downfall was due to his obsession with a young girl who found true love in the arms of another man. ...read more.

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