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How Do The Views Of The Audience And Of The Main Character Change Towards Eddie As The Drama Unfolds?

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Asma yaseen English Coursework A View From The Bridge How Do The Views Of The Audience And Of The Main Character Change Towards Eddie As The Drama Unfolds? The views of the audience and the main character change radically towards Eddie. His loyalty and trust deteriorates. In the first section of Act 1 we see that Eddie is coming back from work and is pleased to see Catherine. By stage directions we acknowledge that Eddie is shy in front of Catherine. As the play continues we notice that Eddie is very critical of Catherine's skirt, he mentions ' I think it's too short' and ' listen, you been givin me the willies the way you walk down the street, I mean it'. Eddie also seems very possessive and looks out for Catherine in an unusual way ' I don't like the looks they're givin you in the candy store'. Catherine looks up to Eddie, and treats him in a fatherly manner. We also see this in many stage directions she sits on her heels beside him, and almost in tears because he disapproves (of the skirt). What Eddie says matters and Catherine accepts that. There is repetition of the words 'what do you want me to do?' told by Catherine. Catherine wants Eddie to like the skirt and not to disapprove of it, because if Eddie said not to wear it, she would obey his orders. Overall we gather enough information to say that Eddie comes across as overprotective towards Catherine. We see that Eddie is head of the house due to his strong personality. Beatrice, Eddie's wife respects Eddie for allowing her cousins to come round. Beatrice is really excited to see them and is getting very nervous. Beatrice feels everything should be perfect for their arrival. When Marco and Radalfo, Beatrice's cousins arrive Eddie has a different attitude towards them, he seems more formal and jokey. ...read more.

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Alfieri's first reaction towards Eddie as he entered was that ' his eyes were like tunnels, my first thought was that he had committed a crime'. The point for Eddie visiting Alfieri was to find out how he could get Radalfo into trouble. Eddie was coming out with absurd reasons, which Alfieri thought was unreasonable, and totally within the law (legal) guidelines. Alfieri was confused and baffled. Eddie mentions that Radalfo might be gay because he knows how to sew clothes and he has blonde hair. Eddie seems to think he is on a more feminine side. ' I mean he aint right, he's a blonde guy, he sings, and he makes dresses'. When Alfieri hears all the excuses his attitude changes, and he cannot believe how desperate Eddie is to break Radalfo and Catherine up. Alfieri notifies Eddie that there can be nothing done apart from Eddie phoning the Immigration Office. Eddie makes out phoning the police is never going to happen 'oh, Jesus, no, I would do nuthin' about that,' When deep down Alfieri knows how desperate he can go. We see Alfieri and Beatrice both give the same advice to Eddie, they both tell him that Catherine is a grown women and is becoming independent. Alfieri speaks in a hypothetically manner. Eddie feels restless and there is nothing he can do, apart from resorting to one conclusion. Eddie feels consumed with jealousy and a sense of injustice. He is very negative. When Eddie leaves Alfieri he feels that threat of sobs, and with a helpless wave. We see just before Act 2 starts Catherine, Eddie, Beatrice, Marco and Radalfo join again. Eddie begins to mock Marco unusually and unintentionally, but it was aimed at Radalfo. Beatrice and Catherine seem to be more patient. It is extremely ironic that Eddie has to listen to Marco and Radalfo. Eddie seems very rude towards Marco and Radalfo. ...read more.

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Radalfo does not want any trouble, yet people still carry on. Eddie seems to reckon just by allowing Marco and Radalfo to stay at his house everyone should let Eddie do anything he wants. Marco and Radalfo had a great deal of respect and loyalty for Eddie. Just because Radalfo and Catherine fall in love Eddie had no right to inform the police, Eddie now comes across as a vile character. When we come to the last of the play we realise that Eddie does not give up he thinks that he is still in the right, ' you lied about me, Marco. Now say it. Come on, say it' that was his last words! Catherine then says ' Eddie, I never meant to do nothing bad to you'. Catherine still manages to ask for forgiveness even though nobody apart from Eddie was wrong. Eddie dies in a tragic and painful way, if he wanted to he could of made things better by letting Catherine discover her independence with who, how she wants. Catherine was not to blame for Eddie Carbones death, in fact no one was, he brought everything upon himself, various types of people warned him, yet his ignorance and stubbornness lead to DEATH! Eddie goes to his death having acknowledged denying his weaknesses and errors. He dies thinking he is still right. Each character now realises what Eddie's real personality and features were. The audience and the characters all saw Eddie as a well respected, loyal man who suddenly outraged and deteriorated into a vile, abrupt, vulgar, insensitive, and inconsiderate animal. The way he approached people was totally different after finding out Catherine's romance life. After me reading this book I, think Eddie got what he deserved. His ignorance and pride was absurd. He needed to be taught a lesson. Eddie was a strong character but was very stubborn. He could never expect the fact that Catherine was someone else's. Eddie Carbone could have saved his life by letting Catherine go and lead a life where she would be happy. Happiness should have been Eddie's priority not pride and bitterness. ...read more.

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