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How is Eddie Represented in 'A View from the Bridge'?

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´╗┐As tragic protagonist, Eddie?s fatal flaws (Hamartia) are stubborn resistance to change and possessive control over Catherine. When he says: ?You (Catherine) can?t take no job ...? the job is change he resists and the fact he decides whether Catherine takes a job shows possessive control. Arthur Miller confirms Eddie?s characterisation, by using Beatrice as the moral voice of truth. Miller confirms Eddie?s flaws when Beatrice questions Eddie?s control over Catherine: ?You gonna? keep her in the house her whole life?? This rhetorical question also challenges his resistance to change ? supporting my previous points. Possessiveness causes Eddie?s complaint: ?He(Rodolfo)?s stealing from me...?, showing Eddie thinks Catherine is his possession. Stubbornness causes Eddie?s return to Alfieri, who says: ?A river will drown you if you buck it ...? The metaphor in this prophetic warning means resistance to change is fatal. This evidence that possessiveness and resistance to change killed him is supported by the dramatic irony that he was killed by his own knife; suggesting part of him (these fatal flaws) ...read more.


ain?t what I wanted ... ain?t what I had in mind ...? showing possessive control over Catherine?s life. He also demands Beatrice?s obedience; before the wedding, Eddie commands Beatrice to stay, saying: ?I want my respect.? Thus, ?respect? describes control and obedience. Miller introduces Eddie as wanting control over ? and obedience from ? Beatrice and Catherine. Eddie progressively loses control over Catherine; first she gets a job, then dates Rodolfo ? both against his wishes. This disobedience affects Eddie terribly; both times he goes to Alfieri, ?his (Eddie?s) eyes were like tunnels.? Repetition of this simile emphasises the torment caused by his reason for going - loss of control over Catherine - stressing the importance of control and obedience. Although stage directions introduce Eddie as ?a husky, slightly overweight longshoreman? ? introducing him as a tough, physical family longshoreman ? as the play progresses, Miller introduces Eddie?s emotional nature. When discussing Catherine leaving, ?it almost seems that tears will form in his eyes?; Beatrice, being female and more closely related to Catherine, should be more emotional, but shows no sadness. ...read more.


When challenged again, however, Eddie?s morals collapse, separating him from Marco: ?A phone booth begins to glow?. The booth, as his means of betrayal, is a dramatic device, symbolising Eddie?s fatal idea ? ideas are often symbolised by lights. Since Marco?s characteristics are unchanging and initially similar to Eddie?s, Miller shows Eddie?s transformation, through the contrast between their personalities by the end. Thus, Miller introduces Eddie?s collapse of morals. Another area of contrast, which becomes increasingly evident, is the readiness with which they speak and express emotion. Marco is quiet and conceals emotion: ?Marco don?t say much.? Eddie, however, is talkative and openly shows emotion: ?He allowed himself to be wholly known?. This supports my earlier point, that Eddie readily shares emotion. Miller introduces Eddie, through dialogue, stage directions, dramatic irony and dramatic devices, as a character whose fatal flaws are stubborn resistance to change, and possessive control over Catherine. Miller introduces Eddie as a character, who is, on the surface, a stereotypically strong family longshoreman; as the play progresses, however, Miller reveals Eddie?s emotional nature. Miller also introduces Eddie as a character to whom authority, control, dominance and obedience are essential. ...read more.

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