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Character Study of Eddie Carbone, from the play 'A View From The Bridge' by Arthur Miller.

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Character Study of Eddie Eddie Carbone, from the play 'A View From The Bridge' by Arthur Miller, was a character who possessed the human weakness of being obsessive towards another person. I intend to discuss just how this human failing affects the events of the play and also the character of Catherine, Eddies niece. Throughout the play we see Catherine change in her attitudes and actions towards Eddie partly because of the realisation of his obsession with her, to an extent we see a completely different character to the young girl she portrays at the beginning. Catherine's initial attitude towards Eddie is shown in the stage direction '(almost in tears because he disapproves)' and also after this in the conversation where she looks for approval before taking a job. This suggests that Catherine looks up to and needs approval from Eddie and possibly sees him as a father figure, most definitely someone she wants to make happy in what she does. ...read more.

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Now, I turn around you're a big girl. I don't know how to talk to you." This shows how Catherine seems to be drifting away from Eddie and how Eddie is gradually becoming more obsessed with the possibility of losing Catherine. Eddies obsessive ways continue with him trying to interfere in Catherine and Rodolfos by undermining Rodolfo. The lines, "EDDIE Sure, he's terrific! Look at him go! At's it! Now, watch out, here I come, Danish! (he feints with his left hand and lands with his right. It mildly staggers Rodolfo) CATHERINE (rushing to Rodolofo) Eddie! EDDIE Why? I didn't hurt him. Did I hurt you, kid? (he rubs the back of his hand across his mouth) RODOLOFO No, no, he didn't hurt me. (to Eddie with a certain gleam and a smile) I was only surprised!" show how Eddie tries to make Rodolfo seem not as good as him. ...read more.

Conclusion

Reporting immigrants was frowned on in by italian americans and this is shown in the line where Eddie says "...............". At this point of the play there is not even a suggestion that Eddie would do such a thing but he is driven by his obsession with Catherine and in the line "........." he calls the immigration bureau and reports the two illegal immigrants living with them. Another aspect of the plot which is fueled from Eddie's obsession with Catherine is when he dies at the end, if he had not been obsessed and desperate he would not have reported anyone and ultimately not have been murdered. In conclusion I think Catherine's change of attitude towards Eddie and how Eddie's attitude changes when he becomes desperate and calls the immigration bureau prove that |the character of Catherine and the plots of the play were indeed affected by Eddie's obsessive behaviour. ...read more.

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