A View From the Bridge - To what extent did Eddie Carbone bring his fate upon himself?
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A View From the Bridge To what extent did Eddie Carbone bring his fate upon himself? A View From the Bridge is a play set in the 1950's in Brooklyn, New York about a family who take the risk of welcoming illegal immigrants, Marco and Rodolpho, from Italy to stay in their home. As anticipated all hell broke loose and Eddie, the father of Catherine was murdered. Some say he was the victim and was just a hardworking, honest man who was protecting his daughter. Others say his behaviour was unacceptable and he was a judgmental, scheming, selfish man who had to realise that Catherine was not still his little girl, and brought his fate upon himself. Here's what I think. Eddie Carbone is totally to blame for his death, although you could say he didn't deserve to die, which I agree with, however the facts prove that if Eddie had not done what he did he wouldn't have died. Alfieri was a lawyer who Eddie turned to when he needed help in the situation.
You could say that Eddie thought that Rodolpho wasn't man enough for him or Catherine. An example of this is when Eddie is teaching Rodolpho how to box, by doing this he is teaching him a mans sport. Eddie asks Rodolpho to hit him in front of Catherine and Beatrice, Eddie knows that Rodolpho wont hit him however he asks him only to prove to Catherine that he's not a man. Rodolpho doesn't want to hit Eddie. "Don't pity me... you can't hurt me". Eddie says this to Rodolpho, he intimidates him. This shows the differences between Eddie and Rodolpho. Eddie got jealous very easily. He was jealous of Rodolpho, and how his little girl, Catherine chose Rodolpho over him. Another point to mention was that Eddie turned his back on his family by calling immigration and 'grassing' on Rodolpho and Marco. In the beginning of the play Eddie tells Catherine and Beatrice not to 'grass'. "They got stool pigeons all over this neighbourhood-it could be your best friend". Ironically that is exactly what Eddie does in the end, he betrayed his family and friends.
This shows that Eddie was a very stubborn, selfish, scheming, nasty man. Another example of Eddies unacceptable behaviour which lead to his death was when he pulled a knife out on Marco, in an attempt to stab him, Marco manage to reverse the knife into Eddies chest and kill him. Eddie's behaviour was totally stupid and uncalled for. In Alfieri's final speech he says that even though Eddie was wrong he admired him in how he fighted for his family. "I will love him more than all my sensible clients". I agree with Alfieri in the way that Eddie was a honest man, just protecting his family, however the manner in which he went about protecting his family was unacceptable. He betrayed his family, he never gave Rodolpho a chance and tried to kill Marco. In conclusion I believe that the writer, Arthur Mills, wants you to feel sorry for Eddie Carbone. You could say that Eddie was a hardworking, loyal, family man who was just looking out for his daughter, but I believe the only person to blame for Eddies death is Eddie himself. John Reay 10GGL
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