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In 'A view from the bridge', Miller has tried to make a hero out of a man who has no redeeming qualities. Do you agree?

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A view from the bridge In 'A view from the bridge', Miller has tried to make a hero out of a man who has no redeeming qualities. Do you agree? I agree that Miller has tried to make a hero out of a man with no redeeming qualities. Although Miller did not succeed, he still has attempted to make this typical longshoreman, Eddie Carbone a hero. What makes a hero a hero? A young handsome gentleman who saves the day? If this is what a hero is defined as then no, Miller has not tried to make Eddie Carbone a hero. However the word 'hero' can have more than just one meaning. If Miller thought a hero was someone who had done something particularly worthy, then I would say yes, Miller has succeeded turning Eddie into a hero, as Eddie dying for the love of Catherine is nothing less than admirable. ...read more.

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Miller has used this trust that we have for Alfieri to build up the feelings we have towards Eddie. I feel this way as Alfieri constantly praises Eddie and although Alfieri knows that Eddie's death was useless, he will still mourn him with a certain alarm. Alfieri also mentions that he 'will love him more than all my sensible clients' which gives the audience a sense of doubt of whether or not Eddie deserved to die. Another character Miller has used to make Eddie look more 'hero-like' is Catherine. Although it was the love for Catherine that caused Eddie's death, I feel that this is what Miller intended. After all, it is the love for Catherine which is Eddie's only redeeming quality. This love is displayed throughout the play not only for Catherine, but for his family. ...read more.

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Eddie also has a childish behavior as well. Like a child, Eddie speaks his own mind regardless of other peoples' feelings. We notice this in Act one when Catherine shows Eddie her new dress. In the play, Miller has displayed traits of Eddie's dog manic behavior not only in speech, but in action too. We see this in the end of Act one. By the end of Act one, we already start to see the physical side of Eddie's feelings towards Rodolfo. In this crucial moment we also see the close connection between the brotherhood of Rodolfo and Marco. When Eddie defeats Rodolfo whilst teaching him how to box, Marco immediately becomes aware of the hostility Eddie has towards Rodolfo and directly threatens Eddie by lifting the chair above his head in an intimidating posture. Although Eddie's flaws outweigh his redeeming qualities, in conclusion, I would still say that Miller has tried to make a hero out of Eddie, a man who has no redeeming qualities, and has not succeeded. By: Stephanie Ko ...read more.

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