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"A view from the bridge" Arthur Miller - How does Eddie's jealousy lead to tragedy?

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English Coursework 20th century drama/ other cultures "A view from the bridge" Arthur Miller How does Eddie's jealousy lead to tragedy? A view from the bridge is a play that identifies the work and lives of the communities of dockworkers and longshoremen of New York's Brooklyn Harbor. The author Arthur Miller has written his play focusing on the Carbone family. Eddie Carbone is an Italian longshoreman working on the New York docks. When his wife's cousins, Marco and Rodolpho, seek refuge as illegal immigrants from Sicily, Eddie agrees to shelter them. Trouble begins when his wife's niece Catherine shows attraction towards the younger brother Rodolpho. Eddie's inability to let go of Catherine, his frailty leads him to betray Rodolpho and Marco and this tragic error of judgment leads him to his death. From the first scene Eddie's frailty is shown in his obsessive need to control his niece Catherine, and his theme of appearance versus reality is more complicated because Eddie will not admit that there is a problem. To prevent other characters from knowing his motives, he hides behind what mite seem to be good reasons for his behavior. "Katie, I promised your mother on her deathbed. I'm responsible for you" Here you see Eddie's hiding his protectiveness behind his responsibilities for Catherine and as the play progresses, we realize that deep down he wishes to keep Catherine for himself. Eddie's jealousy is dealt effectively throughout the play. ...read more.


Eddie visits Alfieri twice during the play once at the end of act one when Eddie is beginning to see that Catherine is in love with Rodolpho and Eddie's jealousy is beginning to climax and also at the beginning of act two when Eddie's has had enough and his heart tells him to do the wrong thing. Eddie "you mean to tell me that there's no law that a guy which he ain't right can go to work and marry a girl and - ?" Eddie is speaking to Alfieri and you see that Eddie's jealousy is greater than ever. He's telling Alfieri that Rodolpho "ain't right" implying that he's gay. Eddie is trying to find anything that will be able to stop the marriage between 'his' Catherine and Rodolpho. Alfieri is aware of why Eddie is visiting him. Alfieri sees that his love for his niece is greater than his love for his wife and Eddie's jealousy for Rodolpho has forced Eddie to visit Alfieri to find a law that would stop the marriage. Alfieri "But, Eddie, she's a woman now" Eddie "He's stealing from me!" Alfieri "She wants to get married, Eddie. She can't marry you, can she? Alfieri sees that Eddie looks at Catherine as more than just a niece. Eddie says "He's stealing from me" implying that Catherine is his but Alfieri then says that "she cant marry you, can she" so here you know that Alfieri is aware of Eddie's love for his niece and he sees that sooner ...read more.


Eddie's humiliated and publicly accused by Marco. "Just remember kid you can quicker get back a million dollars that was stole than a word you gave away" This is the warning Eddie gave to Beatrice and Catherine telling them not to mention anything about Rodolpho and Marco to anyone but in the end it was Eddie who went against his own words. Alfieri was another person who also warned Eddie from doing the wrong thing "you wont have a friend in the world Eddie" But Eddie still doesn't listen to his warning and in the end turns into tragedy in Eddie's death. In a view from the bridge Eddie realizes when it's too late and he's dying that Beatrice love him and he loves Beatrice. He realizes that it was impossible to keep Catherine as he had tried and it was inevitable that one day he would have to let her go. Eddie's secret desire for Catherine is also incorporated in his self interest because all he could think of was himself and he didn't look at how happy Catherine and Rodolpho were, all he cared about was jealousy an trying to break them up by phoning the immigration bureau but all this caused was Catherine and himself to grow apart and for Catherine to finally see what type of a man he really was. Eddie jealousy leads to the huge tragedy at the end. Instead of putting his feelings aside for Catherine he left them grow until his outburst of jealousy turned into tragedy and in the end he realizes what a terrible mistake he has made. ...read more.

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