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How Does Arthur Miller Represent the Character of Eddie Carbone Throughout 'A View From The Bridge'?

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How Does Arthur Miller Represent the Character of Eddie Carbone Throughout 'A View From The Bridge'? A View from the Bridge was a play written by Arthur Miller in 1955. The play deals with a lot of issues including jealousy, immigration, family and the 'Sicilian code of honour'. Arthur Miller represents the character of Eddie Carbone in very interesting ways. Eddie is the main character in the play A View from the Bridge; he is the husband of Beatrice and the uncle and guardian of Catherine. He also works as a longshoreman, on the waterfront. The story of A View from the Bridge is set in Brooklyn New York: a deprived mostly Sicilian neighbourhood with a lot of close knit communities within. It is famous for being a slum and a neighbourhood that immigrants (illegal or legal) come to in search of the American dream. The character of Eddie Carbone will now be analysed in greater detail. In the beginning of the play, Eddie Carbone is portrayed as being a nice, easy going, hard working Italian man. We know this from the language that is used to describe him (Beatrice refers to him as 'an angel') and also because Eddie uses quite informal language. It is clear that his family has a great amount of respect for him simply by the fact that they ask for his blessing for Catherine ...read more.

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In the scene with the infamous kiss between Eddie and Rodolpho, the audience is led to believe there own imagination to understand Eddies motivation for kissing Rodolpho. We have a number of different ideas concerning why Eddie would want to kiss Rodolpho. One reason for him to kiss Rodolpho is that he wants to show up Rodolpho for being homosexual. We are led to believe that Eddie thinks this of Rodolpho because he always treats him with a certain amount of suspicion for being blonde and looking slightly feminine. He also treats him with suspicion after he is told that Rodolpho makes dresses and can cook. In a Sicilian society, this would be quite odd for a male of the family to take interest in such feminine choirs such as dress making and cookery. He could simply be showing Catherine that Rodolpho is enjoying kissing a man and wants to embarrass him. Eddie is quoted in saying "You see?" which backs up this theory. However, the most obvious reason for Eddie kissing Rodolpho is that he is in fact himself homosexual. He himself says earlier in the play along the lines of (referring to Rodolpho) "He's so pretty, you could kiss him". This would also explain Eddie's overall homophobic attitude to Rodolpho, that he himself is hiding his un-Sicilian sexual urges. ...read more.

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had first hand experience of what a 'grass' can do to a society/person (his friendship with Elia Kazan which ended in Arthur Miller being blacklisted). Eddie is portrayed as a man who has lost all his morals and as someone who had informed for their own personal gain. This could be because Arthur Miller wanted to give the message that informing is something that immoral people do for their own personal gain. In the end of the play, Eddie is stabbed by Marco, but is really a victim of his own fatal flaws. He follows the standard classic tragic hero trajectory and dies because of his own ignorance his submission to his wants and desires which had been suppressed in the past. Eddies life is like a classic Greek tragedy, and shows "Mans lack of understanding of whom he is and his blindness in the face of destiny". He is an overall good guy who becomes a victim of his one fatal flaw. We do not feel sympathy for him at the end because we feel that he deserves death for what he has done to Marco, Rodolpho and his family. In conclusion, A View from a Bridge shows how one man can start off as a good, honest man and end up as a ruthless, jealous victim of himself. Sasan Aghlani Tuesday, 21 October 2003 10A English Coursework Mr Williams ...read more.

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