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Discuss the development of Eddie Carbones character

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Discuss the development of Eddie Carbone?s character. ??A View From The Bridge?? is a play written by Arthur Miller in the mid-1950?s. Set during the Great Depression in around 1940, the play sees main character Eddie Carbone lead a stable life with his wife and niece in a tightly-woven community in Brooklyn, New York. Due to his sincerity, he is respected by the local community and he has his destiny plotted out for him. However, as the tragic play unfolds, Eddie makes a series of mistakes which affect his relationship with others and ultimately result in a catastrophe. Eddie Carbone is a traditional Italian-American, who earns his living as a longshoreman. He leads an ordinary life with his wife (Beatrice) and his niece (Catherine). Beatrice loves Eddie, this is shown when Beatrice says ??You?re an angel! God?ll bless you.??. The word ??angel?? suggests that Beatrice loves Eddie as she is comparing him to an angel. Furthermore, this shows the audience that Beatrice is a traditional woman as she is praising (therefore supporting) her husband. In the era they lived in, men and women were expected to follow the traditional values of their communities. ...read more.


Eddie becomes more aggravated, this is shown when in the stage directions it says ??He is sizing up Rodolfo??. This shows that Eddie is trying to taunt Rodolfo by comparing their heights (height is a symbol of power). In addition, when Eddie says to Beatrice ??he sings?? (referring to Rodolfo), Eddie is suggesting that it?s not normal for a man to sing, he is attempting to suggest Rodolfo is gay. Eddie is in a way trying to put him down because he is jealous of Rodolfo?s relationship with Catherine. Another example of his sudden metamorphosis is that he has become more obsessed with Catherine. For instance, when Catherine and Rodolfo return from the Brooklyn Paramount, Eddie says to Catherine ??I don?t see you no more??. This quote suggests that Eddie is obsessed with Catherine because he claims that he doesn?t see Catherine. Beatrice?s relationship with Eddie also deteriorates. This is shown to the audience when Beatrice says ??Everything ain?t great with me.... When am I gonna be a wife again, Eddie???. This quote shows that the physical side of their marriage is falling apart because Beatrice is feeling ignored (due to Eddie?s obsession with Catherine). ...read more.


He belongs in the sewer!??. Also, Eddie?s relationship with Marco has deteriorated to such an extent that Marco accuses him of murder and spits in Eddie?s face. We know this because Marco says ??He killed my children??! When Marco spits in Eddie?s face the community become aware of Eddie snitching and they are disgusted. His friend Louis ignores Eddie, this is shown in the stage directions which says ??Louis barely turns??. Therefore Eddie?s main concern now is to get his reputation back, this is proven when Eddie says ??I want my name??. He wants his reputation back because he has been humiliated when Marco spat in his face. In the end, Eddie refuses to listen to Rodolfo?s pleas and demands an apology from Marco. When Marco refuses Eddie takes out a knife but he gets injured himself and dies in the arms of Beatrice. From a highly-respected member of the community, Eddie manages to relegate himself to a disgraced member. Even his most loyal friends ignore him; all because of one error. Eddie is a hero in a Greek Tragedy, he made an error of judgement and he has to suffer immensely for it. Ultimately, he loses the love and respect of his niece Catherine; which is what he was fighting for. ...read more.

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