Consider the ways in which the audience response to Eddie Carbone changes over the course of the play. Choose three sequences in which Arthur Miller presents different aspects of Eddies character. Make use of textual evidence to support your answer.
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Erin Bensley 10N Page 1 'Drama Focus' English Coursework A View From The Bridge Consider the ways in which the audience response to Eddie Carbone changes over the course of the play. Choose three sequences in which Arthur Miller presents different aspects of Eddies character. Make use of textual evidence to support your answer. Arthur Millers play 'A View From The Bridge' is set in Red Hook, a slum area, in Brooklyn in the 1950s. In the 1950s there was a thriving trade in illegal immigration, encouraged by the dockyard owners, who knew that they could get cheap labour from the immigrants until they had paid for their passage over. Arthur Miller was born into a Jewish family in New York in 1915. When the family business failed, they moved to Brooklyn, where 'A View From The Bridge' is set. He worked in the Brooklyn shipyards for two years, where he befriended the Italians he worked alongside. He heard a story of some men coming over to work illegally and being betrayed. This story inspired him to write 'A View From The Bridge' which was written in 1955. The play is a tragedy which traces the downfall of Eddie Carbone. Miller's plays make important social and political comments reflecting Miller's belief in communism. Throughout the play Eddies character changes and the audience's view of him changes as well.
The audience now see that Eddie's relationship has changed as the audience can now see that Eddie has feelings for her as well as being the fatherly figure. Arthur Miller portrays this by the jealousy that Eddie is showing of Rodolfo from the way he acts towards him. The third of the three sequences that shows another character of Eddie is in Act 2 when Eddie does not want Beatrice to go to the wedding of Catherine and Rodolfo. Beatrice is already fearful of Eddie at this point but she went up to Eddie "with fear" and told him that she was going to the wedding. When Beatrice says this to Eddie he talks to her "quietly, almost inaudibly." He is angry at Beatrice for not listening to what he has said and he does not want Catherine to marry Rodolfo as he is jealous and does not want Catherine to leave his house, as he wants her all to himself. The audience here realize that Eddie's feelings for Catherine are very strong and Miller portrays this by the way Eddie speaks to Beatrice when she tells him that she is going to the wedding. Beatrice gets angry at Eddie and tries to talk to him nice and calmly telling him that she cause its Catherine's wedding and she has to be there for her.
Arthur Miller portrays this by showing how Eddie does not want Beatrice to go to the wedding because he is jealous of Rodolfo and does not want Catherine to marry him. Eddie does not like the fact that Catherine has found a man as he has feelings for her but he can never be with her so the closest thing he could do then to get with her would be to keep her at home but now that she is marrying Rodolfo, Eddie can not do this as she will be moving out to live with her new husband and she will be starting a life away from Eddie. Eddie is also easily angered and can not always control himself. Arthur Miller shows this by when Eddie picks up the table almost throwing it at Catherine when she stood up to him but Beatrice stopped him just in time. Eddie felt as though he was in control at the start of the play, he then became less and less in control of everybody throughout the play. Arthur Miller showed this by when Catherine began to stand up to him. Catherine told Eddie that he had been bossing everybody around for to long now and she told him that it must end and she showed him that she was not happy. By the end of the play Eddie is no longer in control of anybody and is finally killed at the very end so that he was definitely not in control of anybody any longer.
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