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Discussing how effectively Arthur Miller portrays Eddie Carbone

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Discussing how effectively Arthur Miller manages to portray Eddie Carbone as a tragic character in his play, "a View from the Bridge" Arthur Miller, the author of the play, is a very modern writer and likes to base his plays around ordinary people. Eddie Carbone is a forty, husky and a slightly overweight longshoreman. When we hear those customary words, we get the feeling the character Eddie Carbone is a normal middle aged man. Nevertheless even though Eddie Carbone is pictured as a usual, typical man in our minds, he isn't. We know this because Alfieri, a character from the play who acts like Arthur Millers mouthpiece and is the narrator, tells us the audience that the play will "run its bloody course". Alfieri had said these words in the past tense so therefore we can interpret that everything has already happened and we are getting told the story by Alfieri. We are been given his "view". As soon as Alfieri has said these four words we automatically know that this story will be a tragic, catastrophic one. Since Eddie is the Protagonist, we know that something tragic will happen to Eddie so that doesn't make him normal anymore. Most narratives give us a cheerful outline of the story but this one is entirely diverse. ...read more.

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Arthur Miller admired Greek drama and has used some elements in "A view from the bridge". Arthur Miller uses Alfieri as a chorus. Alfieri is like Arthur Millers mouthpiece and gives us the introduction. Alfieri does it with hints that the outcome will be tragic. "I sat there helpless" and "run its bloody course". Arthur Miller sets the scene very calmly and shows Eddie very happy up until the cousins come over. Catherine is like Eddie's kingdom and the cousins could act like the villains coming to take it away from Eddie so that's how it could be a tragedy even though if its not in the proper form. Arthur Miller says; "a single rising line of intensity leading to an explosive climax". That's how Arthur Miller describes Greek dramas and it is also how any of us would describe "A view from the bridge". It is an intense play which focuses on Eddies obsession. Secondly there is initial friction and conflict evident in the play. The sense of Eddie's control and dominance is threatened at the end of the first act by the emergence of the enemy. His foolishness and the irony of his actions turn him against the rules of his society as he snitches on his wife's cousins for emigrating. ...read more.

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I believe that is respect; whether you love him or hate him we respect Eddie to the very end. This is clearly because of the fact that he loves his family so much and protects them with all his heart, even if it means fighting Catherine's one and only love. Eddie manages to give hints across to people he doesn't like in clever ways for example: the boxing match between Eddie and Rodolpho. Eddie was trying to give the hint to get Catherine you have to go through me first and this was very clever and imaginative of Eddie. Although Eddie doesn't have all tragic ingredients, he has most of them. Eddie as the main character has a flaw; he won't let his niece marry Rodolpho even if they are in love. Also Rodolpho and Marco is the flaw as they give Eddie a lot of tension. Fating coincidence in the story is Rodolpho and Marco coming over. Scheming of others helps make this play tragic as when Eddie schemes to inform the immigration police of Marco and Rodolpho, they will obviously take them away. This would cause more fights in the future and then some ones life would probably be on the line because of it meaning this story will be a tragic one. From this Arthur Miller portrays Eddie Carbone as a Tragic Character. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jawad Ali 10B Mrs.Dare ...read more.

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