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A View From The Bridge - character study of Eddie

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A View From The Bridge "Eddie is doing the best for his family: he is attempting to install positive values and support Catherine in her life. He is merely misunderstood" The reference above about Eddie Carbone is correct; but to a certain point, meaning it is not correct altogether, because it could be (successfully) argued that it isn't true. To verify that the above quotation is true, we need to study the character of Eddie Carbone, to see whether he is doing the best for his family, rather than for himself. It is also essential to examine whether he is attempting to install values and support Catherine for her future life or is he just doing what he does for his own individual self. After exploring Eddie's character further, it will become clearer to us what Eddie's motives are. It is important to see how Eddie behaves in different situations, and how he handles them; and depending on how people act towards him and whether they provoke him to behave in the manner that he does. One of the main points of subject in 'A View from the Bridge' is Eddie's masculinity. It is evidently seen that Eddie's masculinity is very important to him. He has many views of how a man should perform; it seems that if any men perform differently from him he dislikes them. The fact that he comes from a Sicilian background is a further reason for the account of masculinity he presents in 'A View From The Bridge'. As Eddie comes from a Sicilian background, he believes that the man should be the leader of the household and rule over women. He has an idea in his intellect that there is a way to be Italian looking and a way to behave in the "Italian approach". He believes that a man should be tough both physically and psychologically and that they should take part in typical manly activities such as drinking, sport, women etc. ...read more.


This is revealed when at the final stages Eddie keeps on demanding Marco to get his respect back "wiping the neighbourhood with my name." It could be argued that if he wasn't concerned so much about respect he would have not been killed by Marco. In 'A View From The Bridge' it is plainly seen that both Rodolfo and Marco are very unlike to Eddie. It is also seen that from the instance the immigrants arrive Eddie attempts to express his manliness and to try and prove that he is just as Sicilian as them. Throughout the play Marco is seen as a quiet, self-contained and polite person. But when Eddie tries to test Rodolfo's strength by challenging him to a boxing match, things begin to change. It appears that Marco has realised what Eddie is striving to achieve, it also appears that Marco could accept it when Eddie made snide digs at Rodolfo such as "he cooks, he sings etc, except when he hits Rodolfo, we see the other side of Marco for the initial time in 'A View From The Bridge'. Eddie challenges Rodolfo to a boxing match to try and indicate to Catherine and Beatrice that Rodolfo is homosexual. This makes Marco fairly angry, but because Marco is living under Eddie's roof he doesn't say anything. He tries to get vengeance in some way because he cares about his relatives very much that is the reason why he came to America, so that his family could live an improved life back in Italy. To get revenge and demonstrate his masculinity, Marco give Eddie a challenge of his own. He asks Eddie to lift a chair with only one leg. He does this because he is trying to disgrace him, like he attempted to do to his younger brother. Eddie attempts the task. "He tries again, but fails" "Marco is face to face with Eddie, a strained tension gripping his eyes and jaw, his neck stiff, the chair raised like a weapon above Eddie's head...." ...read more.


The fact that he should have a typically distinctive Brooklyn accent is to portray him as an uneducated man. All of these steps have to be taken so that it is left up to the audience to decide whether or not if Eddie is a hero or not, since before the audience watch the play, they may read a short introduction or guide to the play, which will indicate to them that Ediie is the hero, so this is why it is necessary to dominate in the play. After examining the character of Eddie Carbone, one could argue that he is not doing the best for his family at all, contrary to Eddie and Alfieri's belief, and no doubt the majority of the audience and some of the other characters in the play. It can also be said that he is absolutely not persevering to install positive values and support Catherine. If he wished to support Catherine and install positive values in her life, he wouldn't do things like kiss her on the mouth or try to set up barriers between her and her man just because Eddie dislikes him. It can be said that he is not doing the best for his family in any case seeing that he is too concerned about his respect from the neighbourhood and his rank in the household that he doesn't identify what he is doing to his family and the way in which he is hurting them. The words that match Eddie Carbone adequately are selfish, ignorant and self-centred, this is because in 'A View From The Bridge' all he too concerned about himself and anything he does is for his gain and no one else's. From all of the preceeding points I have put forward in this essay, it can be clearly understood that Eddie is not doing the best for his family at all and he is without doubt not misunderstood. by: Kamran Ali 10.1 1 Kamran Ali A View From The Bridge 1 Kamran Ali A View From The Bridge ...read more.

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