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A View From The Bridge Coursework A View From The Bridge is partly about the family life of one Eddie Carbone and partly about a man's story of self-destruction as a social being. After raising his niece like his own daughter his life takes a turn when he accommodates two immigrants in his home. Up until now he has lived as a docker with his wife Beatrice and Catherine (his niece) as the head of the household and the only man in his niece's life. The arrival of the brothers brings jealousy and rivalry into the lives of these simple working class Sicilians. The author of the book, Arthur Miller, was no stranger to sudden, unexpected dramatic changes in his own life and had just about established himself as a major dramatist when he wrote the book. Here are two scenes that I think had the most visual impact on the story as a play. Teaching Rodolpho to box: It's an afternoon of confrontation at the Carbone household; Eddie has just finished warning Rodolpho in a friendly way about keeping Catherine out too late. After an awkward silence Catherine decides to put on a record and offers Rodolpho to dance. Rodolpho, feeling very intimidated declines at first feeling intimidated by Eddie's soft but forceful words a few minuets earlier. ...read more.


You too are very alert and you're facial expressions should say that you are fairly ashamed and worried. You don't really understand why Eddie would want to act this way so you are resentful of your husband for making a fool out of himself and creating the tension between himself and Rodolpho. Marco: at first you have a false sense of security as Eddie has just offered to take you and your brother to a match so you think that he is being friendly so all is well for the time being. When Eddie offers to teach Rodolpho to box you are only slightly reluctant as you don't really see the harm in it. When Rodolpho staggers you instantly rise out of your seat; as Rodolpho's brother you are now concerned and obliged to do something to save your brother from potentially being harmed, your prompt entrance into the event leaves Rodolpho to Catherine and you to deal with Eddie. Eddie: Right now all you can think about is letting Rodolpho know how much you hate him, so your ingenuity tells you that offering to teach him how to box will let you hurt and humiliate him. While boxing, laugh and make it as though you're just trying to be helpful and friendly so the others wont suspect what you are doing. ...read more.


Your facial expression should say ' I'm triumphant and taking it well' In conclusion, Eddie cares about his family and the responsibilities that come with it. He was strict in the upbringing of Catherine and had the utmost respect for his wife. Even though he made a fool of himself and died just for his name (his dignity) we must recognise he had a strong and defiant will or view that was his own and that he fought to uphold, such as his 'primitive man's view' that there must be a law that keeps Catherine from marrying Rodolpho because he is supposedly a homosexual. The bottom line is Eddie should have settled for half meaning he brought Catherine up and now it was time to let her go. So in the end, Eddie dies to keep his pride and his 'name' but doesn't even gain the audience's admiration because his actions were unnecessary. As quoted by E. R. Wood, who wrote the introduction in the Hereford Plays series (1975) publication of 'A View From The Bridge', "To be a tragic hero, you do not have to be in the right; you have to be true to yourself." So Eddie was guilty of destroying the lives of these immigrants and the only honourable way out was to die. ...read more.

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