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Focusing on 3 key moments in the play explore how miller presents the tragic downfall of Eddie in A View from the Bridge~

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Focusing on 3 key moments in the play explore how miller presents the tragic downfall of Eddie in A View from the Bridge~ In the play a view from a bridge, the play writer Arthur Miller uses numerous techniques in order to present the downfall of the character Eddie Carbone. Such devices include stage directions, dialogue, dramatic tension and the relationship with other characters e.g. the affiliation between Catherine and Eddie. But in my opinion I feel that tension is a key factor to help show to the audience, Eddie's tragic downfall. To make clear as to what a tragic downfall is, it's the failure or ruin of a previously successful person, group, or organization. In a tragedy the protagonist has a tragic flaw, a defect in their personality which is significant as it leads to their tragic downfall. In Eddie's case it is his feelings for Catherine. The tragedy is to stress the vulnerability of human beings whose suffering is incurred through either human or divine actions, therefore it generally end in death. As the play shows the gradual downfall of Eddie I have picked three scenes which help show this. The first part of the play where I explored the aspects that contribute to the presentation of Eddie's downfall is at the beginning when the characters of Eddie and Catherine are introduced to the audience. In this particular scene, the audience is yet unaware of Eddie tragic flaw in his personality. ...read more.


It's from this conversation between Eddie and Beatrice that we understand the relationship with another character if he might act differently. Studying the speech, we understand that Beatrice cares a lot for Eddie as any loving wife however; it is as though the whole Catherine idea has out a strain on their marriage, Eddie seems to be fixated with knowing the movements of Catherine. The audience themselves can see how Eddie to becoming top possessive of Catherine, it has even stopped him having a normal marriage with his wife, they no longer have sex because Eddie is constantly thinking of Catherine. The voice of the narrator on page 22 links into the changing mood of Eddie before the conversation between him and Beatrice. The narrator tells the audience of how a normal man who "works, raises his family, goes bowling, eats, gets old and then dies." Has something new and now has a destiny. Explaining this transformation of an ordinary man into someone who now has improper passion for his niece, the effect it has on the audience creates a lot of tension because of the situation miller has chosen as well we the circumstance which not only focuses on eddies wrong emotions but the effect it has on the other characters such as Beatrice and Catherine. Another example which shows tension as well as presenting the tragic downfall of Eddie is on page 41. ...read more.


The tension helps illustrate the state of mind Eddie is in as it is showing his nervousness and confused feelings. The narrator voice is once again not used but more stage directions are used to describe those who are reading it the actions Eddie is taking. The directions in a way imply what he is feeling whilst dialing at reporting Marco and Rodolfo. "Ground floor. Heh? (With greater difficulty). The conversation Eddie is having with immigration is blunt when he is being questioned which in way could show his mind isn't totally made up, and is wondering if it's the right thing to do. Another view is that because he still outraged knowing that the law won't help him, he wants to report it as soon as possible to get rid of Rodolfo. The sentence structure has a mixture of both commas and full stops, it gives the natural pause people have when speaking. When he is speaking is clearly trying to mask his emotions whilst reporting Marco and Rodolfo, which is relating back to his abruptness. In conclusion I think the portrayal of Eddie's downfall is effective from the tension playing a vital role to show this, with devices like the structure, language and audience. The tension created gradually through the play illustrates how gradually Eddie's unnatural emotions manifest and take over any logic and effects his relationships with other characters such as his wife Beatrice. The play shows eddie losing control and being put into situations which he unable to control and its these that influence eddie's feelings and actions. ...read more.

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