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Imagine you are Arthur miller. An actor playing the part of Eddie in "A View From the Bridge" has written to you for advice on how he should play the character. Write back with close reference to key dialogue and the dramatic devices used.

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Imagine you are Arthur miller. An actor playing the part of Eddie in "A View From the Bridge" has written to you for advice on how he should play the character. Write back with close reference to key dialogue and the dramatic devices used. 15 Vine Street, Brooklyn, New York 10YPZ 406 13th May 1957 Dear Albert, I am writing to you in reply to your recent letter asking for advice on how to play the leading character Eddie Carbone in my play, "A View from the Bridge". I always refer to my characters as real people and I am their creator. I make references to them and their actions as if they were real human beings and not as if they were fictional characters. This helps to build up an understanding of the personality and appearance I try to put across. My inspiration for writing this book was from my own experience from working on the docks with Italian immigrants and learning about their community; from the little stories my parents had told me; and the story about "a longshoreman who had told the Immigration Bureau that his two brothers, his own relatives, were living illegally in his home, in order to break an engagement between one of them and his niece." ...read more.


over again. "When am I going to be a wife again, Eddie?" She wants to know if he still loves her because they haven't talked or had any physical or sexual relationships which means that part of their relationship with each other has broken down, and despite challenging Eddie over this, Beatrice is unable to make him face why this might be, let alone make him admit his weakness to himself, as a result of this she remains powerless to help him. Beatrice realized she had to tell Eddie that he wants "somethin' else, Eddie, and you can never have her!" This key dialogue within the play not only causes Catherine and Eddie's relationship to deteriorate, but because Eddie will not allow her to try to achieve adult hood; he is possessive and controlling. It is this urge to protect Catherine, to keep her from discovering her independence, that makes him particularly sensitive to the presence of Marco and especially Rodolfo, to whom Catherine becomes attracted. Catherine sometimes sits on the edge of the bath, in her underwear, talking to Eddie while he shaves. ...read more.


Marco tried to scare Eddie but he has to get the message first. Marco lifts the chair over his head and gives Eddie a glare of warning and triumph. Eddie's grin disappears as he finally gets the message. At the end of act 5 shows just how far Eddie was determined to go to try and get his name back from Marco. Eddie gets killed by Marco because he turned both Marco and Rodolfo into the Immigration Bureau. This act of betrayal on members of his own extended family allows the tragedy, which Alfieri foresaw at the beginning and he knew he wouldn't be able to prevent these things happening. Though despite Alfieri's best efforts, Marco is set upon getting revenge for his betrayal, while Eddie is determined to maintain his reputation and honour. Eddie felt that the only way he could get his respect from the people back was to try and kill Marco. They finally come face to face in view of the neighbourhood and the unpreventable tragedy happens. Marco was stronger and it was Eddie's own knife and arrogance that killed him. This scene is where Catherine and Beatrice admit that they really do care for Eddie. Thank you for writing to me Albert, I hope my advice aids your performance in the play. Yours sincerely, ...read more.

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