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A character study of Eddie Carbone

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A character study of Eddie Carbone The play "A view from the bridge" was written by Arthur Miller in 1955 and is based on the lives of Italians who have migrated from Sicilia into America either leagally or illeagally. In this play it teaches us about many of the Italian traditions including the one that the play revolves around not to 'snitch'. For Italians it is basically a law not to tell or to 'snitch' on a fellow Italian if they have entered a country illeagally and if they did, they would have to pay the ultimate price, death. This was known as the 'ultimate crime' and no Italians would dare to tell on another Italian. "A view from the bridge" is set on the famous Brooklyn Bridge that links New York and Manhattan, which is also where most Italian-Americans from Sicilia use to work as longshoremen. Eddie is a forty-year-old hard working, Italian-American who is a Sicilian descendant. As many other average Italian-Americans, he works, as a longshoreman and is described as a husky, slightly overweight person. The first impression of Eddie tells me that he is quite bossy and that he is the 'man of the house' as Beatrice and Catherine are obviously use to obeying him. The first sign of this occurs when he says, "Catherine, I don't want to be a pest, but I'm telling you you're walkin' wavy". ...read more.


He was then beaten and thrown out of his own home and his family was disgraced. Eddie then gives his own opinion on the matter and says "Him? You'll never see him no more, a guy do a thing like that? How's he gonna show his face". This shows that Eddie is disgusted even by the thought of telling on a fellow Italian and also warns Catherine not to. This also shows that he feels strongly about the 'Italian law' as he knows that death is the consequence for committing such a crime. As Marco and Rodolfo arrive Eddie, is very homely and welcoming as he assures them that there is plenty of room for them, and immediately tells Catherine to make the supper, in order to maintain the good hospitality. Catherine then asks Rodolfo a question "How come he's so dark and you're so light, Rodolfo?" which shows the first sign of flattery from Catherine. Catherine also shows that she is amazed by Rodolfo's good looks as she says to Beatrice "He's practically blonde". Eddie then exposes the first sign of jealousy and this is easily established and acknowledged by the reader, as Eddie clearly cannot bear to see Catherine trying to flirt with Rodolfo. This becomes apparent as soon as Catherine and Beatrice begin to baffle about Rodolfo's good looks, as he quickly interferer's and says to Catherine "How's the coffee doin". ...read more.


This shows that Eddie is in denial about his love for Catherine and tries to ask a rhetorical question in order to persuade Beatrice that he is not lying. Subsequently Eddie is in such a bad state, as Beatrice knows the truth that he turns his desperation in to anger towards Marco. He then lunges towards Marco and tries to kill him when Marco grabs his arm and stabs Eddie with his own knife. In synopsis I think that Eddie started of as an average and kind Italian-American but as the play progressed his love for Catherine took over. I also cogitate that Arthur Miller is trying to express how someone's feeling towards something can be changed by love and jealousy. This is because at the beginning of the play Eddie was degrading a boy named Vinny Bolzano for 'snitching' on his uncle and due his love for Catherine and his jealousy towards Marco and Rodolfo executed something that he clearly was disgraced by. Overall I believe that Eddie Carbone committed what the Italians call the 'ultimate crime', telling the immigration on a fellow Italian just because of his love for Catherine. He also became very na�ve and desperate in order to degrade Rodolfo as he tried insulting him and also tried persuading Catherine that he just wants to marry her to gain legal citizenship in America. This just shows how an average Italian committed the one crime that he was utterly disgraced by due to his love for Catherine. ...read more.

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