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'All the action from 'A view from the Bridge' revolves around Eddie Carbone. His character controls the drama.'How far do you agree with this statement?

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Twentieth Century Drama Essay 'A View from the Bridge' 'All the action from 'A view from the Bridge' revolves around Eddie Carbone. His character controls the drama.' How far do you agree with this statement? Arthur Miller wrote 'A View from the Bridge' in 1955. It is set in the 1950's by the docks of New York. The play is about an Italian immigrant family. Eddie Carbone is the guardian and is very protective of his niece Catherine, and when he refuses to let go of her, it ends in tragedy. I am going to write about Eddie Carbone, his character, and his relationships with the other characters and about the key scenes in the play. In general, Eddie Carbone is a hard working long shore man, who works on the Brooklyn Docks. He is very much a man's man. He can change the atmosphere of a scene just by making a snide remark. When Rodolpho, Marco, Eddie, Beatrice and Catherine are talking, Rodolpho starts singing jazz: everyone is enjoying it: "Look kid; you don't want to be picked up do ya?" Just from that remark, Eddie has changed the atmosphere from a happy, laughing atmosphere to a tense and gloomy one. Eddie can control the scenes; he can control the characters. Eddie is one of those people who act without thinking. Even he admits that: " I do what I feel like doin', or what I don't feel like doin'". He also has an obsessive protectiveness of Catherine and is very stubborn and will not let her go. ...read more.

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In the very first scene when Catherine tells Eddie that she has got a job, Eddie says she cannot take it. Beatrice stands up to him and he reluctantly stands down. It is almost as if that has made him more stubborn, as she tries to stand up to him again, she cannot. Although she cannot win an argument with him, she is not afraid to speak her mind. Because of Eddie's obsession with Catherine, he is neglecting her: P24 "When am I gonna be a wife again?" She is implying that he has not slept with her for months. And further down that same page there is more evidence: "It's almost three months" To sum it up, Eddie is more interested in Catherine and is not treating B like a wife. Beatrice's relationship with Eddie is critical to the drama as she warns Eddie about what is going to happen, and she tries to control the drama. But Eddie takes no notice. Eddie's relationship with Rodolpho is crucial to the drama, as is it Eddie's implacable hatred for Rodolpho that leads to him being killed. From the word go Eddie takes an immediate dislike to Rodolpho, simply because of Catherine's attraction to him. Rodolpho is an extravert. Eddie really takes a dislike to Rodolpho's talents and he tells him to be quiet when he is singing, and he will be quiet. Because Rodolpho can sing, cook and make dresses. Eddie thinks Rodolpho is homosexual. Eddie has a strong sense of manliness and does not think Rodolpho is a man's man. ...read more.

Conclusion

Alfieri is impartial to any events in the play and he will not take sides, but he will advise each of the characters. In the play, Eddie goes to seek Alfieri's advice. But Alfieri warns him about his relationship with Catherine: ".... every mans got somebody that he loves, heh? But sometimes there's too much." Also, Eddie goes to see him when he is about to inform immigration. But at this point, Alfieri can see what is going to happen, although Eddie does not tell him "It wasn't as though there was a mystery to unravel....I could see every step coming....toward a certain door....I was so powerless to stop it." Alfieri knows Eddie was going to inform immigration: "You wont have a friend in the world." It is because Eddie has 'Tunnel Vision' and will stick to his promises, which make Alfieri so powerless: that is why Eddie controls the drama so much. Indeed, it is true that Eddie Carbone controls the drama: all the drama revolves around him. He is the instigator of the play's dramatic moments such as when he informs immigration, when he squares up to Marco and when he takes a knife with him to kill Marco. His fate was inevitable, if he was able to compromise with the characters then his fate may have been different. The characters try and warn him that it will all end in tragedy. Eddie is like a comet flying through the air, with an explosion imminent. "Most of the time we settle for half and I like it better.... He allowed himself to be wholly known....And so I mourn him with a certain alarm." James Udakis 10P ...read more.

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