• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Character study of Eddie Carbone is A View from the Bridge.

Extracts from this document...


Character study of Eddie Carbone is A View from the Bridge The main character from A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE is Eddie Carbone who lives with his niece Catherine and his wide Beatrice. Catherine is an orphan so Eddie and Beatrice look after her. In this play Eddie is a simple person who is a victim of circumstances but he also contributes to his own downfall. He works as a longshoreman at the Brooklyn Docks. Eddie is characteristically uneducated but still is a very hardworking man. Eddie comes from a Sicilian background. I believe that this one of the most important things that motivates Eddie. Coming from this background Eddie believes that the man should be the leader of the household and that everything goes by him first concerning his family and that he should be very manly and stand up for those who are close to him. This can be believed by the way he talks to Catherine. Catherine talks to him about her job as a stenographer and says ' why don't you ask me before you took a job?' This shows that he wants Catherine to ask for his permission before accepting the job. He wants her to ask for authorization so he feels as if he is the boss and because he wants to be consulted first; otherwise he feels threatened. ...read more.


I think that his secret desire for Catherine motivates him to become over-protective of her to the extent that he does not want her going out or wearing revealing clothes. This is shown when he says 'I think it's too short' Eddie feels more affection for Catherine than is natural for a man towards his niece. He likes her more a woman way than a child. 'Catherine, I don't want to be a pest, but I'm tellin' you you're walkin' wavy. Eddie said this phase when Catherine wears a new skirt she had brought, to show Eddie. He is concerned that she will receive attention form men, which Eddie doesn't like as he thinks of Catherine as his. He also says 'you isn't all the girls'. Here Eddie is saying you are not all the girls; you are my girl. All these factors indicate that she is become a woman and Eddie doesn't like this, so he is motivated to protect her as much as possible. He was so authoritarian with her as she was growing up. Eddie's secret desire for Catherine is also integrated in his self interest because all he can think about is he. He cannot appreciate how happy Catherine is with Rodolfo. All he cars about is trying to break them up and he tries to do this by calling the Immigration Bureau but all this caused was Catherine and himself to grow apart and for Catherine to finally see what type of man he is. ...read more.


He reverses the direction and stabs Eddie. Eddie falls down and dies. His last words were: 'Beatrice'. This shows that even though Catherine must have meant more to him than a child, he still thinks that Beatrice is his one true love and that he thought of Beatrice more than he thought of Catherine, even though, it seems that he likes Catherine more. The theme of 'A View from the Bridge' is an ordinary man's tragedy. Eddie is a temperamental person, who does not like to be beaten at things that he would call 'manly' and certainly does not like to lose in front of people who respect him and treat him like the man of the house. In the play, Eddie is a man torn apart by two people, who are both related. He likes both in very much the same way. This is just one of his worries, but when his wife's cousins come, his life is 'scrunched into a ball and flung into a bin'. The contrast is so great that he loses everything that he has achieved but most of all, he loses his life and 'honour'. Overall I think that many things motivate Eddie but the most important thing is his secret desire for Catherine and he can never come to terms with the fact that he does not own her. I think this is also why he eventually dies because he cannot let go. Anjum Kohli A View from the Bridge- Eddie Carbone 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Arthur Miller section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Arthur Miller essays

  1. Why and How Does Eddie Carbone Change As The Play Progresses? What Leads to ...

    Up to the entrance of the immigrant officers Eddie becomes understandably more frantic; Catherine and Beatrice could seem a little na�ve. "She stands a moment in realised horror". They only realised what has happened at the point of the officer's entrance, which astonishes them.

  2. A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE Eddie Carbone is main character in 'A view ...

    This demonstrates Millers humanist and realist approach to life the play. Arthur Miller uses character & stage directions to create atmosphere and tension, many of Miller's other techniques used to create dramatic tension are: Pause, dialogue, dramatic climax, dramatic irony and stage directions, these all help to create intensity and to engage the audience.

  1. A character study of Eddie Carbone

    This also shows that he is very protective of Catherine as he is concerned about the impression she is giving at what the consequences might be. He says "I don't like the looks they're givin' you in the candy store.

  2. A View From The Bridge - character study of Eddie

    He shortly realises that Rodolfo and Catherine are getting closer to each other. It is clearly seen in 'A View From The Bridge' that one of Eddie's greatest motivations for his actions is his secret longing for Catherine. It appears that he can't recognize the fact that Catherine is growing up and becoming a woman.

  1. View From a Bridge - Response.

    who needed a stenographer and because of me being the best in the class he was offering me the job. Who would have thought it, out of the whole class I was picked. But the good new didn't stop there as the job pays 50 dollars a week, I can't

  2. Diary 1 - Hopes and Fears.

    Deep down though I knew he really liked it but something was holding him back from showing me that he liked it and it made me feel like I was being held back and I'm not a little kid anymore!

  1. Write about Miller's presentation of Eddie Carbone in "A View from the Bridge" and ...

    Eddie: " I think it's too short...... you're walkin wavy......you ain't all the girls" Here it is clear to see that Eddie is trying to protect Catherine. He explains to her that he doesn't like the fact that she

  2. The Character of Eddie Carbone

    Also Alfieri includes a metaphor to warn Eddie of what he will face if his jealous ways get the better of him. ?A river will drown you? spoken by Alfieri indicating that it will become too much for him to handle and he won?t be able to face the consequences he faces of breaking the law.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work