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Consider how Miller creates memorable characters that provoke both pity and anger from the audience.

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Introduction

Consider how Miller creates memorable characters that provoke both pity and anger from the audience. The feelings of pity and anger are ones of power and often-huge consequence when combined. Anger is probably the most dangerous; it powers most violent crimes and influences people's decisions and rationality greatly. This is probably one of the influences to the story that gives it so much drama. Pity is a much more upsetting emotion, it is more to do with feeling sorry for other people and imagining how you would feel in another's situation. To feel pity for the characters in this story Arthur Miller has to have drawn you in enough to make you put yourself in the characters position. Eddies character seems simple at first, he is a long-shore man, he works on the docks and is an Italian-American living in Brooklyn. He is Catherine's uncle but cares for her as a father would. He is married to Beatrice. Then as you start to read more closely you see his affection for Catherine could be more than that of an uncle. He is upset that she may be going to work and dislikes the way she gets attention from guys on the streets. ...read more.

Middle

She is one of the less memorable characters of the play. Catherine is a bright 17-year-old girl who is prevented from working and having much of a social life by Eddie. She cares for Eddie but does not understand her emotions because they are new to her. She cares for her aunt a great deal and looks to her as a mother and Eddie as a father. She really wants to work and has been offered a job that could leave to a career as a secretary. She is excited when Rodolfo and Marco are about to arrive; she falls in love with Rodolfo. I pity Catherine because she has been shielded from relationships and careers. Also the death of her mother must have had a great impact on her and the death of Eddie must have been terrible for her. I am angry with her for not setting Eddie straight sooner and not standing up to him, she missed out on opportunities to learn and have more of a social life. People should react to Catherine's character as a troubled girl with little understanding of her emotions, and feelings towards people. ...read more.

Conclusion

He is very grateful to the Carbone's for helping him and his family. He seems to understand Eddie's feelings toward Rodolfo quickly, and warns Eddie off. He later realises that it was Eddie who tipped off the Immigration Bureau and tells Eddie he has killed his family. Later Marco kills him ending the play. I pity him because he only went to America so that he could keep his family healthy. But when Eddie turns him in he as very likely killed his family. He has been used to get at Rodolfo and that was unfair, but I also feel angry towards him he should not have killed Eddie that probably made things worse, he would probably go to prison and not be able to do anything for his family. He is memorable because he kills Eddie and that's about it. Arthur Miller successfully got me emotionally involved in this play I felt anger and pity towards many of the characters, they were believable and very realistic. I can imagine how they would all look to me and feel I know them and have met them, a lot of thought went into making the story have a range of emotions and a range of characters with different backgrounds emotions and lifestyles. ...read more.

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