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Explain How 'A View From The Bridge', By Arthur Miller Follows The Conventions Of Tragedy.

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Explain How 'A View From The Bridge', By Arthur Miller Follows The Conventions Of Tragedy Arthur Miller manipulates his characters and uses literary devices to effectively convey to the audience the trajectory of Eddie Carbone and his flaws of misconduct in the play, 'A View From The Bridge'. He uses all the conventions of a modern tragedy adequately to help arouse sympathy, suspense and fear from the audience at significant intervals of the play. Mr Eddie Carbone plays the role of a 'tragic hero' accustomed to a life of dignity and of mutual respect amongst his peers in the Italian community. Yet due to his natural tendency of over protectiveness and domineering nature towards his niece, Catherine, gains an immense distrust and evidently falls to an inevitable death, controlled by fate alone. Eddie has a relatively personal, controversial, yet plutonic relationship with Catherine at the start of the play. This is especially evident when Eddie comments on Catherine's walk and 'dress sense' as she is walking down the road. 'I don't like the looks they're givin' you in the candy store' (page 6). This shows Eddie's insecurity and instability when other boys her age give her looks, implying that no one can have her. When Catherine applies for a job, Eddie's irrational behaviour, once again reappears when he says, 'You can't take no job'. ...read more.

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Eddie prefers to be distant and anti-social with Rodolfo, contraire to his relationship with Catherine and Eddie. When Eddie finds out about the relationship, Rodolfo is having with his 'daughter', he feels like he is stealing from her. 'He's stealing from me!' (Page 35) 'I worked like a dog twenty years so a punk could have her' (page 34). When Eddie seeks advice, Alfieri prompts him critically. 'She can't marry you, can she?' (Page 35) Eddie, left in a predicament replies by saying, 'I don't know what the hell you're talking about!' Arthur Miller uses the literary device of dramatic irony here to show Eddie's bewildered state of mind. There is also a pause that Arthur Miller implements straight after to show that Eddie really does know and deep down knows that the implication that Alfieri is presenting before him is the unconditional truth. Eddie is clouded by his emotions and his masculine heritage and therefore previously, could not visually see the over protective animal he had become. We can see that Eddie finally knows now what his friend is trying to say to him, as his tone becomes lower and he stops his argument with Alfieri. 'Well, thanks. Thanks very much. It just - it's breakin' my heart, y'know'. (Page 35) Eddie is now calmer and respects Alfieri. Like all tragedies, there is a 'tragic flaw' in the main character; in this case, Eddie's over protectiveness. ...read more.

Conclusion

Eddie had to do what ever he had to in order to secure his personal sense of dignity and if that meant evading the 'Italian code of conduct', then that's what he had to do. There is a typical convention of the main character producing a 'tragic flaw, recognizing it, and going to extreme lengths to overcome and rectify it back to his image of rightful status. Regardless to how hard he tries, he fails in the process, and this play is no exception. Arthur Miller uses conventions of a modern tragedy effectively in 'A View From The Bridge'. His skills in writing and the psychological tricks he uses in his plays dare to be reckoned with. However, there is a highly important aspect in the writing of his plays that is important to distinguish between other plays of intense dramas. Unlike other plays, instead of creating a play that was uniformly depressing, he deviated from this standard perception, making plays that were optimistic in that the main character causes the tragedy for what they perceive to be the greater good. However, rather than being a flaw for Miller, it proved to be a beneficial and highly commended approach as he was selling a vast number of copies worldwide. Arthur Miller follows the stereotypical conventions of tragedy in 'A View From The Bridge', but also follows in the paths of his own too - an optimistic viewpoint over the whole play and excels in this immensely. ...read more.

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