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How does Miller present Eddie Carbone as a tragic hero in 'A View From the Bridge'? "Most of the time we settle for half, and I like it better." I'm sure if Beatrice had said this line it would have gone something like this "Eddie should have settled for less, I'd like him better" Eddie Carbone. When the people of Redhook heard this name they thought respect, they thought power, they thought a man with a good family and a good name. "Believe me Eddie; you got a lotta credit coming to you." This line shows the respect his friends had for him. This book is all about having respect and justice, not real justice but community justice according to the community law. In the eyes of Redhook Eddie went from hero to zero, with an almost impossible chance of climbing back up to the top. In the beginning we meet Eddie. Our first impressions of him are that he is a man that loves his family and cares for them. He loves Catherine and cares for what she does. It says in the first pages of the book "You like it?' "Yeah, it's nice. And what happened to your hair?" You like it? I fixed it different." "Beautiful. Turn around, lemme see in the back, oh if your mother were to see you now" Eddies flattering nature lets the audience know that he loves Catherine, that they have a good relationship. Later in the play this love becomes inappropriate, but there is no sense of this inappropriate love in the beginning telling the reader this becomes a new and resent development. It is only when Rodolfo appears that he realises his love is more than father daughter. "Now don't aggravate me, Katie, you are walkin' wavy! I don't like the looks they're givin' you in the candy store. And with them new high heels on the sidewalk-clack, clack, clack. ...read more.


" This outpour of feelings is a break through for the audience into Eddie's mind. It seems as though he is trying to get his words out, but can't find the way to say it without saying too much, or saying something to indecent. It seems as though he is questioning Rodolfo's sexuality, but also concerned because his 'childish' behaviour is threatening his reputation, if he's Eddie's family, he's part of Eddie. And if he acts differently to the workers than Eddie does, and in a way Eddie doesn't like he is disrespecting his name. Eddie makes the mistake of thinking Marco will side with him. But Marco loves his brother and would do anything to protect him. "But I understood, Marco, that you was both comin' to make a livin' for your family. You understand me, don't' you Marco?" "I beg your pardon, Eddie" "I mean that's what I understood in the first place, see" "Yes. That's why we came." Marco seems to be very much in control of the conversation. He has the final say. And the point that Eddie was trying to get across that 'I thought you were here to make a living, not a passport and stealing my niece.' But Marco protected his brother and wouldn't let him say it. This is the first step were Marco shows his superiority to Eddie. When Catherine and Rodolfo dance, Eddie is very disapproving. He continues to try and show his superiority to Rodolfo by showing him how to fight. It seems that for a short while everything is back to normal. Everyone is laughing "(Rodolfo jabs at him, laughing. The others join in)" it seems for this short period that Eddie is back to normal, that he is over Catherine and Rodolfo, like nothing had ever happened. But then he takes it way to far. (He feints with his left hand and lands with his right. ...read more.


I want my name Marco!" his next step has he lunges for Marco looks as though he is going to physically take his name from Marco. When it is irretrievable. But Marco shows his strength again another step in Eddie's decline. "Animal! You go on your knees to me!" The tears are in Eddie's eyes. Everyone knows he has taken it too far, even him. But he cannot quit now. He lunges towards Marco as Marco flips the blade and delivers a fatal blow. Eddie has gone. He is not Eddie anymore. He lost himself trying to get what he wanted to most. His inappropriate love for Catherine was his downfall. Mans jealously over powered him and no one could help him come back. He finally gives up on his deathbed he appears as though he is going to tell B of, why did you let this happen then he dies in her arms, with the words "My B!" He loves B but it is to late now. Alfieri's closing statement reminds us of the beginning, "Most of the time we settle for half, and I like it better." If Eddie Carbone had settled for his half, Catherine and Rodolfo would have been happily married, Marco would have enough money to go to his family and Eddie and Beatrice would continue to love. Eddie would have respect. But he was greedy; he wanted the whole apple not just a bite. This story does not have a happy ending, as you would expect it to. It leaves us guessing, but Eddie's greed incapacitates those around him. The audience is left with no doubt in their minds at what happens next. And they can't help thinking; this is not a story that has never happened before. This tale happens all over the world, men take what the want and give nothing back. "And yet, it is better to settle for half, it must be! And so I mourn him- I admit it- with a certain...alarm!" Abigail Craig-A View From the Bridge ...read more.

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