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How Does The Audience's Views Of Eddie Carbone Change Throughout 'A View From The Bridge'?

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How Does The Audience's Views Of Eddie Carbone Change Throughout The Play "A View From The Bridge"? In this assignment I will discuss how the view's of Eddie Carbone, the lead role in "A View From The Bridge", changes among the audience. I plan to go through the script and note any important scenes which I will then analyse in the audience's perspective. A View From The Bridge is a play written by Arthur Miller in 1955, which was originally arranged in rhymes but later was changed. Miller has written the play in conversational Brooklynese, for example, "nuttin'" and the spelling of many words end with apostrophes. In "A View from the Bridge", Miller describes a situation in which a man is forced by his emotions to betray himself and his local society, to betray something he had believed in his whole life. The man in question is Eddie Carbone, a poor and hard-working longshoreman of Sicilian origin. His character is defined both by his society's values and by his forceful and emotive nature. The conflicts between these two aspects of Eddie's character ultimately result in his self-destruction. In the 1950s, Europe was not doing well economically and was dominated by poverty. America is known as rich, wealthy and merchandised land. Because of this, many people migrated to America, and dreamt that there would be a better life for them, where excitement, enthusiasm, and adorability would welcome them in open arms. ...read more.

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Eddie and Beatrice are waiting for Catherine and Rodolfo to return from the Paramount. One can see that Eddie is anxious as to why they're not home. Instead of then asking his wife calmly why they are not back for the second time, he tells Beatrice that Rodolfo shouldn't go "advertising" himself whilst he is not at work. He then mentions Catherine not spending time on her stenography which maybe indicates him thinking about how he tried to talk her into staying at school, but failed as the job at that time seemed all that Catherine had wanted. Now Catherine was more interested about spending time with Rodolfo. At this point in time the viewers could be thinking Eddie is paranoid. At a later stage in the play the audience sees Beatrice giving advice to Catherine. Previous to this scene Catherine has had a misunderstanding with Eddie involving Rodolfo's papers and that his love to her is only on that level. Catherine storms off and is upset over the argument. She cannot understand why Eddie didn't like Rodolfo. Trying to make the situation a bit bearable, Beatrice steps in. She indicates that Catherine is letting Eddie control her and that she should take matters into her own hands where Rodolfo is concerned "It means you gotta be yourself more. You still think you're a little girl, honey. But no one else can make up your for any more, you understand? ...read more.

Conclusion

Alfieri offers his last bit of advice "This is my last word Eddie, take it or not, that's your business. Morally and legally you have no rights, you cannot stop it; she is a free agent". Insistently trying to deny this to himself, he asks Alfieri if has even listed to anything that he has said. Alfieri takes a tougher tone with him. He warns Eddie "You won't have a friend in the world, Eddie! Even those who understand will turn against you, even the ones who feel the same will despise you! Put it out of your mind". Eddie cannot accept this and storms out of his office. At this point the audience could be thinking that Eddie is being carried away by the whole situation and that enough is enough. They may well also think that he is in denial. Shortly after Eddie's visit to Mr. Alfieri, Eddie gets ready to phone the Immigration Bureau. He sees the telephone "glowing" at him. By this, Miller means that Eddie was being lured by his anger, so much so that he makes the call and reports his wife's cousins. After making contacting the Bureau, Eddie heads home. He comes home to an empty flat and asks Beatrice where everybody is. It has turned out she has moved the immigrants upstairs to their neighbour Mrs. Dondero. It becomes clear with this gesture from Beatice, that she regrets allowing the immigrants to stay with her. ?? ?? ?? ?? Asha Pathak 11MC - English Coursework (20th Century Drama - 'A View From The Bridge') ...read more.

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