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A view from the bridge

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A View from the Bridge Explore the ways in which Arthur Miller presents Eddie Carbone in the opening and closing scenes of A View from the Bridge Arthur Millers A View from the Bridge is a play set in the 1950's in America. It is about an Italian family which face many relationship problems amongst social and political pressures. Eddie would probably be thought of by the public as very rude or mean. However a sensitive audience could understand his point of view and why he tried to kill Marco. In my opinion Eddie as a person himself develops a lot from the beginning to the end of the play. In the first act he is very protective and tries to stop Catherine from falling in love with Rodolpho. In the second act he realises that he has failed and then tries another approach and kicks Marco and Rodolpho out of his home then tries to get him deported as an illegal immigrant which leads to the fight between him and Marco as he tries getting his "Name". ...read more.

Middle

In the first episode of the play, the dialogue suggests initially a happy family atmosphere, though we wonder if Eddie is over-protective of Catherine. There are undercurrents, however: of tension between Eddie and Beatrice, and of unnatural closeness between Eddie and Catherine. Catherine and Beatrice must persuade Eddie to allow Catherine to take her job; at last he agrees, but warns Catherine not to trust people because "most people ain't people". We then discover that Beatrice's cousins are coming to stay, which gives Eddie the chance to tell the tale of Vinny Bolzano. This is ironically prophetic of his own treachery later. Note the stage directions, also. Exits and entrances allow Miller to have different pairs in conversation. Catherine runs her hands down her dress to show it off, walks Eddie to his chair, and sits on her heels beside him. There are repeated references to the facial expressions of the characters. While Beatrice rebuts Eddie's charge ("You're the one is mad"), Catherine gives Eddie a cigar and lights it. ...read more.

Conclusion

In the tenth episode, Beatrice is torn between loyalty to Catherine and Eddie. She wishes to stand by Eddie, as all others have been pressurizing him. Catherine calls him a "rat", who bites and belongs in the garbage, but she is weeping as she says it. Rodolpho comes to warn Eddie that Marco is coming. Now Beatrice suggests that what Eddie really wants is something quite impossible: "You want somethin' else...and you can never have her!" Eddie can not admit this tries to challenge her word, he demands that Marco is to take back his accusation and restore to him his good name and status in the community, without it he is worth less. Marco calls Eddie an "animal" and strikes him, at which Eddie pulls a knife on him. Marco seizes Eddie's arm as he lunges with the knife, and turns it back on him. Eddie is supported by the two women as he dies. He is killed by his own hand, an obvious metaphor for his self-destruction. All that remains is for Alfieri to explain how Eddie "allowed himself to be wholly known". ...read more.

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