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Eddie Carbone is the hero of A View from the Bridge to what extent is he heroic?

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Eddie Carbone is the hero of 'A View from the Bridge' to what extent is he heroic? Aurthor Miller the author of 'A View from the Bridge' shows an interest in his writing across the variety of novels he has written has been about the 'average person'. The play was set in the 1950's. The key elements of a Greek tragedy are that it has a Protagonist and a Chorus. The play starts with the chorus speaking to us, announcing the scene and sets a happy feeling. Marco and Rodolfo, immigrants in America, cause friction within the family located on the docks. Throughout the play Eddie's Character goes through the tragic arc. At the end of the play this friction develops into Eddie getting killed. We would see a hero being brave when things start getting tough, helping people who need that aid, just like how Eddie's character followed at the start of the play. Unfortunately we see Eddie following the role of a tragic hero - a hero that tries to be a stereotypical hero but fails miserably. Eddie, Protagonist of the play, is presented as being a stereotypical Hero. "I promised your Mother on her deathbed. ...read more.

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Eddie does this purely to humiliate Rodolfo; we can see this from the work used 'laughing' as Rodolfo could not fight back. The kiss that Eddie gave to Rodolfo was a message to tell Rodolfo that he is physically stronger than him and also to embarrass him in front of Catherine. The audience of the 1940's may find it inappropriate as homosexuality was discouraged - so the kiss would of brought a shocking impact upon the audience as they thought Eddie was a hero that people to look up to but instead he is turning out to be the villain that nobody likes. Miller makes the moments very dramatic by using effective stage craft, when Eddie calls the immigration burro. "The phone is glowing in light now. Light is out on Alfieri. Eddie has at the same time appeared beside the phone." Being in a spotlight the audience focuses on Eddie, the audience knows what he has to say at that moment will be dramatic. The lightings emphasis on how important this scene is so the audience needs to engage. Miller uses Eddie's action to create an effect on the other characters. "Look, i'm sick and tired of it; i'm sick and tired of it!" ...read more.

Conclusion

Just before we see the end of the play, Macro gives us hints as to how it might end "He's praying in the church?" Marco's last rights before he faces Eddie - he does this to confess that he may die. Marco knew at this time that the only hope for this feud to end between them is if they battle it out like men. The audience at this time feel tense and anxious to what will come next knowing that something could end terribly wrong. The play ends with Eddie being stabbed by his own knife. "Oh, B!" he's last words as Beatrice holds him in her arms as he falls. Like almost every tragic hero conceived by man, Eddie's own actions are the cause of his destruction. The knife took Marco by surprise, but throughout the play Macro is a character that is quite wise - in the way he can pick up a chair with one hand using his own body weight but Eddie couldn't. When Eddie went for the lunge with the knife towards Marco, Marco deflected that lunge back towards Eddie, ending by him killing himself due to brutal strength. The audience might predict that he would die with Catherine holding him; since she was the one he was obsessing over the whole time. ?? ?? ?? ?? Leigham Reynolds ...read more.

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