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A view from the bridge In this essay I will be discussing who I think was responsible for Eddie Carbone's death. The play in which I will be discussing is called view from a bridge. Eddie shows protectiveness towards his niece when he expresses his feelings saying "I don't like the looks there given u in the candy store" this tells me that he doesn't like other people looking at her. His attitude towards his wife is very old fashioned because he thinks Beatrice should behave as proper housewife and also do as she is told. In one scene Eddie Catharine and Beatrice are having conversation when Beatrice excuses heself and goes to wash the dishes. Eddie respects masculinity in other men and believes men should provide for their family only seems to respect the men that share the same qualities he sees in himself . I know he respects masculinity in other men because he is disappointed at Rodolpho for expressing a feminine understanding side such as sowing, cooking and singing. After Eddie finds out that Rodolpho has these qualities Eddie instantly thinks that Rodolpho is gay. Eddies qualities are important to his life expectancies because he believes that a man should provide for his family. He is also protective over his family. Eddie doesn't actually agree with illegal immigration. This becomes apparent when Eddie says "if you said it you knew it. If u didn't say it u didn't know it." ...read more.


I could have finished the whole story that afternoon... I knew were he was heading for, I knew were he was going to end ..... I was so powerless to stop it". The time where Beatrice first shows that she is aware of eddies feelings for Catharine is in the first scenes when Beatrice says, "she's seventeen years old, you gunna keep her in the house all her life?" She gets emotional towards Eddie when she says, "when am I gunna be a wife again?" she avoids tackling the situation head on. Eddie is ignorant towards her attitude when he replies, "I got nothin' to say about it". I don't think Beatrice handled the situation well but in alliance with this I do not think that Eddie helped the situation by being ignorant towards Beatrice. Beatrice speaks to Catharine about the problem by confronting Catharine with Eddie's feelings. She says this to encourage Catharine to stand up to Eddie and marry Rodolpho, "you gotta give him to understand that he can't give you orders no more". By saying this, it makes Catharine want to distance herself from Eddie because of what Beatrice has told her. I think Beatrice handled speaking to Catharine well about this situation because she tells her what she believes is right, she doesn't lie, Beatrice is true and honest. Just before Eddie dies Beatrice confronts him with the truth about Catharine saying "you want something else, Eddie, and you can never have her!" ...read more.


This quote tells us that Marco is a man of vendetta, this is the way he settles his problems. Eddie is a man of honour dying like this suits him because he has fought for what he believes in. I have come to the conclusion that Eddie is fully responsible for his death. I believe he bring everything on himself such as calling immigration because he couldn't control his jealousy which resulted into angering Marco, this leaded into a vendetta. By settling this feud Marco wants to fight, as Eddie comes out he brings a knife; if he had not brought that knife the damage would have been so much less. The writer directing the final words towards Alfieri is aimed at touching each member of the audience, each feeling mixed emotions throughout the play however, whoever is to blame becomes irrelevant and you can not help but morn and feel a sense of loss over I life that has been taken. The writer points out that for all Eddie's wrong doings he was unable to control his actions due to his belief in what he felt was right. I think a view from a bridge is a tradedgey because throughout the play Eddie goes through so much. He loses respect from others, he drifts apart from his niece on the strengths of his personal beliefs and lack of control over his jealousy and consequently loses his own life. The line in which sums up the main point for is when Alfieri says "sometimes we settle for half and I like it better". ...read more.

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