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A View from the Bridge was a story that was written in the mid-fifties by Arthur Miller. It was set in Brooklyn, which is in America. The view mentioned in the title is from the Brooklyn Bridge and it looks into the homes of the Italian Community

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A View from the Bridge A View from the Bridge was a story that was written in the mid-fifties by Arthur Miller. It was set in Brooklyn, which is in America. The view mentioned in the title is from the Brooklyn Bridge and it looks into the homes of the Italian Community, especially one family, the Carbones. The story is about a perfectly normal Italian American family, the Carbones. First there is Eddie Carbone and he can only be described as the man of the household. He is a forty-year-old longshoreman who is of Sicilian ancestry. He has a loving wife called Beatrice and she is a diligent, hard-working housewife who is always looking after the needs of her family. Eddie has also been looking after his wife's niece named Catherine, who he has brought as though she was his own daughter. He is very protective of her because she is soon maturing into womanhood. For this coursework I shall direct my attention towards one member of the Carbone family, Eddie. ...read more.

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He may be frightened that Catherine would one day leave and live her own life. Evidence to show that he is overprotective is when Eddie makes comments on what Catherine wears; for example, when he mentions something about the shoes that she was wearing "What's the high heels for?" and this shows how Eddie is trying to control all aspects of her life. He is stopping Catherine from expressing herself and this helps to show how he is trying to dictate her life. Eddie also believes that he has his honour to uphold and he is constantly concerned about his good name. This shows that he might be slightly self-interested and self-centred. His belief about honour is shown during dinner when he talks about Vinny Bolzano who had snitched on his uncle and then he goes on to say "A guy do a thing like that?" This is not necessarily a bad thing because it shows how Eddie is proud of his culture and he sticks to his traditions of not 'snitching'. ...read more.

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This is showing the readers, the lengths that Eddie will go to so that he can split up Catherine and Rodolpho. You can also imagine how desperate the situation is now for Eddie because he has just about stooped to the lowest form on earth. All his beliefs, he so boldly stated and all his pride and honour has now been completely shattered because of his incapability of letting go of his loved ones. In conclusion, I believe that Eddie did not really have any control over his emotions and his judgement was clouded by his anger and jealousy. Eddie does not really realise he has feelings for Catherine so he tries to suppress this temptation and this costs him his life. As he cannot let out any of his feelings he was confused but one thing was certain and that was his clear hatred toward Marco and Rodolpho. This build up of anger caused him to act irrationally. His inability to escape out of his own perfect world was his own undoing, but he died as a tragic hero to many people. ?? ?? ?? ?? ENGLISH COURSEWORK Nitin Rajan ...read more.

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