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In the play "A view from the bridge" Eddie is described by Beatrice as an "Angel" and by Marco as an "Animal" which in your opinion is the fairer assessment of his character?

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In the play "A view from the bridge" Eddie is described by Beatrice as an "Angel" and by Marco as an "Animal" which in your opinion is the fairer assessment of his character? In this play the main character is a man called Eddie Carbone who lives with his wife Beatrice and his niece Catherine in Red Hook, New York. Eddie works by the dock as a longshoreman. When Beatrice's unemployed cousins Rodolfo and Marco arrive in America as illegal immigrants to look for work, Rodolfo (the younger one) falls in love with Catherine. Now Eddie does not approve of this, as he is in love with her also. In order to get the Rodolfo to stop seeing Catherine Eddie starts to spread malicious rumours about him. Eddie's jealously culminates into him handing the brothers into the immigration bureau. Marco is not happy with this and accuses Eddie of killing his children. In the end Marco ends up getting into a fight with Eddie and killing him. My intention is to focus on Eddie in respect of good and bad points of view. Eddie loves Catherine even though she is his niece which is not entirely right and to add to this he has a wife and Catherine has a family. ...read more.

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Eddie then replies with a false comment of "sorry did I hurt you?" knowing that he had. Marco senses Eddie is getting annoyed and gives Eddie the challenge of picking up a chair with one leg and using one hand. Eddie only manages and inch then drops it whereas, Marco lifts it up over his head, showing Eddie up. This in a way warns him that if he touches Rodolfo he would be more than able to sort him out, as he'd already shown a demonstration of his strength. Eddie realises that Marco is a threat and his smile drops. At one point in the play there is only Rodolfo and Catherine in the house and this is the point when each of them says they want to get married to each other. They take the advantage of no one being around and decide to take their relationship a step further and make love to each other, but just about as they decide to start Eddie comes in really drunk. He realises that something was just about happen and gets so annoyed that he tells Rodolfo to get out. When Catherine says she wants to go with him it makes Eddie flare up and he said to Catherine that she's was staying. ...read more.

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This is not fair, but Catherine is not having any of this and starts calling him a rat and saying he belongs in the sewer. This makes Eddie extremely upset. After this Rodolfo comes in the door saying Marco is coming for him. Rodolfo tries apologising on behalf of Marco but Eddie says it is not enough and he needs it form Marco. Eddie will not back down so when Marco arrives Eddie starts telling Marco to apologise as Eddie will not stand down until he does but Marco strikes Eddie on the neck and calls him an "animal." Eddie then realises he can't win with force and fists. He pulls out a knife, but Marco (being stronger) turns it on Eddie and stabs him. His last words were to Beatrice which was good. Overall Eddie shouldn't have turned in family even if it was hurting him and he was also the one who bought out the knife in the first place. He also wanted a relationship with Catherine which is wrong because she was family. On the whole I think Eddie was an Animal Because of the reasons I have just stated. I think he also bought most of these things upon himself e.g. his death. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ruth Godden English ...read more.

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