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Do you think Eddie Carbone is a tragic hero?

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A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE A. MILLER Q) Do you think Eddie Carbone is a tragic hero? 'A View from the Bridge' is a modernised version of a Greeek tragedy with some similarities. Miller uses the idea in different ways, for intance Ailfieri could be seen as taking on the role of the Greek chorus. Eddie Carbone plays the tragic hero. He begins as a good, honest family man who has 'a lot of credit coming.' Problems begin with the arrival of Marco and his brother Radolpho, who find shelter at Eddie's appartment. They are both illegal immigrants. Tension begins to build up when Radolpho begins to go out with Catherine who is Eddie's niece. At first Eddie's reaction seems innocent as he is being overprotective. Eventually Eddie's fatal flaw, his obsession with Catherine, which he cannot come to terms with or prevent, leads him to commit a crime that is unforgiveable in the eyes of the Sicilian community in which he lives. Eddie is different from other tragic heroes due to his satus. Unlike characters such as Macbeth, Eddie holds a low status in society. Miller shows that 'ordinary people' can be tragic herores too. This play is based upon the life of Eddie Carbone who is an Italian longshoreman working on the docks of Redhook. Eddie is an initially good character who is described as a good family man, kind to others and hard working, who is respected by his friends and family. 'He was as good a man as he had to be in a life that was hard and even.' He also considered it an honour to let Beatrice's cousins stay at his appartment, when they arrive form Italy even when he knows they are illegal immigrants. 'Suppose my father didn't come this country and I was starvin like them over there ... and I had people in America could keep me a couple of months? ...read more.

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' It is an accustomed action with her, to seem thus washing her hands. I have know her continue in this a quater of an hour.' Throughtout the play Lady Macbeth is seen as dominant character, but at the end the murder of King Duncan drives her to commit suicide. However , although Lady Macbeth is partly responsible, there are other factors which also contribute to the tragedy of Macbeth, such as the role of the Witches and the prophecies. The power of fate and the supernatural has a strong presence within the play opens with the Witches who are planning to meet Macbeth. The Witches know that he is predestined to meet them. Banquo and Macbeth believe in the power of the prophecy as they do not dismiss it and indeed Banquo asks the the Witches to tell him his future. 'If you can look into the seed of time,' This demonstrates the point, which respresents a part of Banquo's belief and interest in the supernatural. The period in which Macbeth is set in, the audience at the time believed in the power of witchcraft. Once Lady Macbeth and Macbeth have murdered King Duncan it is seen as a henious as they are commiting a crime against God. In the time 'Macbeth' is set, people believed that the thrown Monarch was chosen by God, this was know as the Divine Right of Kings. Macbeth has gone against God by Commiting regicide. He has upset the sence of the natural order as it is remarked Duncan's horses 'ate each other', this actknowleges agenral belief in the supernatural. Macbeth's ambition is instigated by the Witches' prophecies, as when he first hears their prognosis of his future, he claims that the idea of becoming king 'stands not within the propect of belief.' At this stage Mabeth finds it unbelieveable, but there is believe in it as he nor Banquo dismiss it, but instead questions the Witches for futher information. ...read more.

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The contrast between the characters lies in their motives, as Tony Kytes wishes to marry one of the three girls and the fact he has respect for them. However, the boy has calculated the night. He has one motive only which is to have a one night stand with the girl and not a relationship. Tony Kytes has feelings for these girls, whereas the boy has no respect for the girl and after the night of the party he is no longer in the scene. In the 19th century the period 'Tony Kytes the Arch Deciever' is set, marriage was a big and important part of a persons life. People put up banns before their wedding to show the town that they were getting married. Most weddings were very traditional and alot of money was spent on the wedding. If a woman became pregnant before getting married, she therefore had to marry the father of her child or she would be the talk of the town, as shown in the story when Hannah Jolliver's father says to her 'be you willing, Hannah? I ask ye to have spirit enough to refuse him, if yer virtue is left to'ee and run no risk?' A woman remaining chaste was very important to herself and her husband. Most women did not sleep with a man until they were married. However in the time 'The Seduction' is set, marriage is still a important part of a persons life but not as it was in the 19th century. People are not so traditional as they have registry weddings with only close friends and family or sometimes only witnesses. The views for a woman staying a virgin before getting married and getting married to the father of her child has changed. Some couples also live together and have children before deciding the fact they want to get married, or even consider getting married a waste of money as it is only a piece of paper and if they split up more money would be wasted on getting divorced. ...read more.

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