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Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge

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Introduction

Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge The above quotation about Eddie Carbone is true to an extent, but then one could argue that it isn't true. To determine that the quotation is true, we need to look at the character of Eddie Carbone, to see whether he is doing the best for his family, rather than for himself. It is also necessary to examine whether he is attempting to install values and support Catherine for her future life or is he just doing what he does for his own personal self. After examining Eddie's character, it will become clearer to us what Eddie's motives are. It is essential to see how Eddie behaves in different situations and depending on how people act towards him and whether they provoke him to behave in the manner that he does. One of the main themes in 'A View from the Bridge' is Eddie's masculinity. It is clearly seen that Eddie's masculinity is very important to him. He has many expectations of how a man should behave, it seems that if any men behave differently from him he dislikes them. ...read more.

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The family have a discussion about whether or not Catherine should go to work. Beatrice: "Be the way you are, don't listen to him" Eddie: (to Beatrice strangely and quickly resentful) "You lived in a house all your life, what do you know about it?" Act one This clearly shows that Eddie does not like the fact that Beatrice is giving advice to Catherine. He says to Beatrice that because she has lived in a house all her life, she doesn't know anything about the outside world. This is again also being prejudice towards women. Another thing that Eddie seems not to like and which makes him angry is Beatrice disagreeing with him. Eddie is trying to make the point that, because Beatrice is a woman and that she is domesticated she doesn't have a clue what the world is like outside of the house. But then one could argue that she is not stupid at all because she realises that Eddie likes Catherine and the way in which he treats her is not as a father but as a lover and he does this for his own personal pleasure. ...read more.

Conclusion

After examining the character of Eddie Carbone, one could argue that he is not doing the best for his family at all. It can also be said that he is definitely not attempting to install positive values and support Catherine. If he wanted to support Catherine and install positive values in her life, he wouldn't do things such as kiss her on the mouth or try to separate her from the man that she loves just because he dislikes him. It can be said that he is not doing the best for his family in anyway because he is too bothered about his respect from the neighbourhood and his status in the household that he doesn't know what he is doing to his family and the way in which he is hurting them. The words that can sum up Eddie Carbone are selfish, ignorant and self-centred, this is because in 'AVFTB' all he is bothered about is himself and whatever he does is for his benefit and nobody else. From all of the above it can be clearly seen that Eddie is not doing the best for his family at all and he is without doubt not misunderstood. ...read more.

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