• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

I will be focusing my attention on Eddie Carbone and how he changes with the arrival of his two cousins. Eddie can be very caring and thoughtful, like when he compliments Catherine on what she is wearing.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

A View from the Bridge A View from the Bridge was written by Arthur Miller and the play was produced in the mid 1950s. The play focuses on an Italian American called Eddie Carbone. It shows how a simple, straightforward longshoreman reacts when his two cousins arrive to their home illegally from Italy. The play dramatically changes its mood from start to finish and the struggle Eddie goes though to not lose his niece, Catherine. It illustrates how far Eddie is willing to go to keep the on he loves and how he has to pay the ultimate price in the end. I will be focusing my attention on Eddie Carbone and how he changes with the arrival of his two cousins. Eddie can be very caring and thoughtful, like when he compliments Catherine on what she is wearing. "Beautiful. Turn around, lemme see in the bk. Oh, if your mother was alive to see you now! She wouldn't believe it". Even though he can be caring to loved ones like Beatrice and Catherine, he still can be over-protective. ...read more.

Middle

He then goes to extreme measures to keep Catherine. After, when he arrives back home after meeting his friends, him and Catherine start to have an argument about Catherine being affectionate to Rodolfo. Soon Eddie brings up that Rodolfo only wants to marry Catherine so that he can gain American Citizenship. "Katie, he's only bowin' to his passport", " He marries you he's got the right to be an American citizen". Catherine however still refuses believe him and still admits to like Rodolfo. He says he admires both Marco and Rodolfo and expresses it when he starts to talk to Louis, Eddie's friend. "Yea, he's a strong guy, that guy. Their father was a regular giant, supposed to be" and "Yeah, well ...he's got a sense of humour", but we soon find out that Eddie was pretending to like Marco and Rodolfo and it all was a cover- up for his true feelings. When Eddie meets up with Alfieri, Eddie reveals his true feelings about Rodolfo. Eddie starts to say that he does not trust Rodolfo, "I see it in his eyes; he's laughin' at her and he's laughin' at me". ...read more.

Conclusion

that one! He killed my children! That one stole the food from my children". This shows that Marco believes that due to Eddie snitching on them, he has ruined Marco's family and forced his children to starve to death. After all the chaos, Eddie is thinking about himself and his respect instead of others. "I want my respect. Didn't you ever hear of that?" "Marco's got my name- you can run and tell him, kid, that he is going to give it back to me in front of this neighbourhood, or we have it out". This shows that even in the toughest situation, Eddie still thinks about himself and can be very conceited and it is this, which soon leads him to his death. Eddie led a very complicated life and it got even more complicated when his two cousins arrived. He tried everything to keep his beloved niece, even if it meant going against his beliefs and breaking his pride. He may be arrogant, self-absorbed and selfish at times, but he does it all to protect his family from breaking apart. Even after all his hard work, his family broke apart and Eddie paid the ultimate price with his life. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Arthur Miller section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Arthur Miller essays

  1. A view from the bridge. Before the cousins arrival we can see that Eddie ...

    We can tell that Eddie is a well respected member of the community and that he is admired by his niece. This is visible when Eddie realises he left a cigar in his other coat. "Stay there! I'll get it for you."

  2. Why and How Does Eddie Carbone Change As The Play Progresses? What Leads to ...

    However, if seen otherwise, Eddie is taking advantage of what she's letting him reveal ("turn around, lemme see in the back"). Even Beatrice notices this. We become aware of Eddie's concern over how Catherine presents herself ("you're walking wavy"). He seems concerned for her safety, but perhaps as her uncle,

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work