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Miller has written a play which drives inevitably towards tragedy. Explain. (A View from the Bridge)

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C20 DRAMA ENGLISH LITERATURE ASSIGNMENT Miller has written a play which drives inevitably towards tragedy. Explain. When the play starts Alfieri describes the are as always having violence, trouble, squabbles which gives us the impression that the play could be quite violent. I think that the area is like that because most of the people living and working there are Italian working class people who don't trust the law. As Alfieri said in the beginning 'A lawyer means the law, and in Sicily, from where their fathers came, the law has not been a friendly idea since the Greeks were beaten'. This gives us evidence that the people are not too enthusiastic about the law. When the play starts Eddie has his first argument with Catherine about her going to work. Although Eddie seems a tough character as boss of the household, Catherine and Beatrice defeat him in the argument. ...read more.

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This is also the point from where Eddie really starts to go downhill and Catherine starts to mature and act more like a grown up adult. Eddie also starts having rows with Beatrice and she asks him 'When am I gonna to be a wife again, Eddie?' signalling that the marriage was beginning to descend into turmoil. Then Eddie decides to seek Alfieri's advice and so visits him in his office. When he goes there he explains to Alfieri what the problem is but when Alfieri tells him that he can do nothing about Catherine marrying Rodolfo except telling the immigration authorities about the manner in which they entered the country. Instead of saying 'No' as a straight answer he says 'You mean-?' which gives us an indication that he might snitch on them himself which in turn would result in a conflict. He then starts to abuse Rodolfo by calling him a son-of-a-bitch punk by which we then realise that Eddie is really serious and might do anything to stop Rodolfo marrying Catherine. ...read more.

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Eddie then goes to Alfieri and when Alfieri tells him sternly there is nothing he can do about it he goes to the telephone box and tells on them, which becomes the icing on the cake for the tragedy. When Catherine comes to tell Beatrice to come to the wedding she says no because Eddie tells her to, which shows us that she is a good wife obeying him even after all bad the things he has done. Then when Eddie meets Marco on the street the tragedy (i.e. Eddy's death) happens and we sort of feel sorry for the anti-hero Eddie Carbone. Although he did a bad thing, if we had been in the same position as Eddie we might have done the same thing because the problem that faced Eddie was an emotional one and making decisions for these kind of problems is not easy and as Alfieri says 'And so I mourn him- I admit it -with a certain... alarm.' ?? ?? ?? ?? Page 1 ...read more.

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