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A View From the Bridge

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In "A View from the Bridge" how successful is Arthur Miller in creating a strong audience response to his central character Eddie Carbone? 'A View From The Bridge' is a play by Arthur Miller set in the 1950's. The main character is Eddie Carbone, who is an Italian living in America. They let Rodolfo and Marco (his wife's cousins) stay with them, despite the fact they are illegal immigrants from Sicily. However, when Rodolfo and Catherine fall in love, Eddie's affection for Catherine his adopted daughter are revealed, and he exposes the immigrants to immigration, and later dies at the hands of Marco. Miller wants us to see Eddie as confused but also arrogant, and as a typical male of the time, facing typical difficulties in his life. This play is in many ways Eddie's play, as he is the central figure, and it is about his tragedy, and most of the audience's emotion is directed towards Eddie, mainly both sympathy and anger. Miller creates a slight hatred for Eddie from the audience by his constant hurtfulness and disrespect for their guest Rodolfo. It is obvious that this is caused by their competition over Catherine, which Rodolfo is winning. One of the early instances is Eddie saying 'He gives me the heebie-jeebies.' ...read more.

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He beats him at the 'chair challenge' and undermines Eddie's victory in his attempts to win Catherine over. The audience feels that a little justice has been done, and Eddie deserves his defeat and humiliation, and Marco has done a good thing in getting revenge for his brother. Throughout the play, Eddie does not seem to value his wife Beatrice. She always sticks by his side, and even after losing her temper with Eddie; she is there to support him in his final hours. When Eddie has his eyes on Catherine, she tells him 'you can never have her!' If it had not been clear already, Eddie's love for Catherine is revealed, and Beatrice stands up to Eddie as he has treated her badly and she knows that she doesn't deserve it. However, when Eddie is stabbed, she is by his side at the very end, protecting and smothering him with her own body during his final seconds - 'he dies in her arms, and Beatrice covers him with her body.' He never realised what he had, he wanted something that he could not have, although at the end, we find out that no matter what happened, Eddie always loved Beatrice, as his last words were 'My B.!' ...read more.

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Although there could be different interpretations, Miller's intention of creating a negative response to Eddie, although at some point, people do feel sympathy for Eddie, as inside he just loved and protected to die, and his pride results in him dying undeservedly. Eddie is just a typical man of the time because of his devotion to the cause, and his unwillingness to back down over a cause that he believed in. However, people are bound to have an off-putting response to Eddie because he has brought death upon himself, he has fallen in love with his surrogate daughter, has neglected his loving wife, and earned the disgust of his neighbourhood. Personally, I thought that Eddie was not necessarily a bad man, he just made the wrong decisions that led to worse situations for him, Underneath his skin, he adored his family, but things didn't go his way, and he was mainly to blame. In my opinion, Miller is very successful at creating a strong response from the audience. He produces many emotions including sadness at Eddie's death, anger at his love for Catherine, and disappointment at him telling immigration about Marco and Rodolfo. Overall, Arthur Miller knew what he was doing, and did very well in producing an emotional audience response to Eddie Carbone. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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