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A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE Eddie Carbone is main character in 'A view from the bridge

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Introduction

'A view from the bridge' Eddie Carbone is main character in 'A view from the bridge'. Set in the 1940's 'A view from the bridge' was written in the 1950's by Arthur Miller, (Miller was influenced by Greek tragedy). During those times Italian immigrants came over to America for work, dreams and freedom but like in this story it all ends in disaster, Eddie's an Italian American. This play is a tragedy because the play ends in death, also Eddie Carbone is tragic in that he cannot change who he is, his circumstances are beyond his control and he cannot change them, this type of tragedy revolves around 'hubris'- Eddie's stubborn nature and male pride causes his inner conflict and ultimately his death. In contrast to Alfieri, Eddie is not educated therefore he cannot express himself. He is also a stereotypical male as he cannot or will not cry. Therefore Eddie is presented as tragic in many ways. The idea of the American dream is where the family has two cars and usually two children, there was more definition to gender roles then as the man would go out to work and earn all the money whilst the wife stays at home cleans the house, cooks and looks after the children and their daughters usually head cheerleader for her high school whilst the boy is captain of the football team. ...read more.

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At the end of Act one, much tension is created through the use of such techniques .e.g. Pause with Eddie boxing with Rodolfo he is using this to vent his anger and hatred towards Rodolfo, but when Marco rises to them it shows things are more serious, Marco shows his protectiveness towards Rodolfo and is warning Eddie, which is ironic as he kills him at the end, therefore Miller has created dramatic irony. There are numerous changes in tone. Again, this is often dependent on Eddie. If he is in a good mood, such as immediately the cousins arrive and the stage directions tell us he is "laughing", the tone is light-hearted; if he is in a bad mood, such as later on that night when "his face puffed with trouble", there is tension. This inconsistency shows his effort to hide his feeling. As Eddie is un-educated he has difficulty expressing his feelings, as he is in love with Catherine his niece, we see him giving hints as to how much he likes her "I bless you and you don't talk to me", this shows his contradictory nature and how he wants to be close to Catherine but he cant be. Catherine doesn't realise Eddie's feelings for her though "enveloping her with his eyes" this causes Eddie to become angry at Rodolfo for being able to do as he likes with Catherine ...read more.

Conclusion

Physical conflict with Rodolpho and, ultimately, Marco. The end of act one mirrors the end of the play and leaves the audience in suspense as tension is built up, it leaves the audience wondering if Marco has sussed Eddie out. Throughout act1 Alfieri keeps on reminding us the ending is inevitable Act 1: "I could see every step coming, step after step, like a dark figure walking down a hall towards a certain door." In conclusion to 'A view from the bridge' the themes explored in this play are tragedy, love and hate, as the whole play turns out to be a tragedy because Eddies character is tragic in itself and he cannot do anything to change how he is, love is explored as he loves Catherine but also loves his wife B and he hates Rodolfo who loves Catherine. We learn that Eddie's character is his fate and his death is inevitable but caused by human flaw- jealousy (he is jealous because of love between Catherine and Rodolfo, as he loves her but she doesn't love him) We also learn that this could happen to anyone and the timing and circumstances could not be controlled. Self knowledge is gained just before the death. For the audience the play is mainly tragic as we have followed the main character all the way through and have become emotionally involved with him and Eddie is a normal man with a normal life we realise just how this could easily happen to anyone. ...read more.

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