• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Romeo and Juliet essay

Extracts from this document...


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Arthur Miller section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Arthur Miller essays

  1. Why and How Does Eddie Carbone Change As The Play Progresses? What Leads to ...

    He seemed caring to both the women he protects. He seems to be a larger than life figure, who's wilful. I had noticed that he enjoyed acting as 'the man of the house'; he felt respected and apparently had earned it all.

  2. How does Miller present Eddie Carbone as a tragic hero in

    There is also irony in Eddie's doing exactly the same thing of which he has spoken with such horror. Eddie has warned Catherine "you can quicker get back a million dollars that was stole than a word that you gave away".

  1. Arthur Miller gave Eddie an 'Instinctive Need'.

    He has been in love with Catherine for some time and Beatrice shows that she is aware of his love for Catherine near the end of the play. What we don't know is how long Beatrice has known for. We also don't know if Beatrice is aware that Eddie can't help feeling the way he does for Catherine.

  2. Arthur Miller said that Marco was 'an implacable avenger' - do you agree?

    This is the moment where Marco's anger at Eddie's unfair treatment of his innocent brother becomes too much for him to ignore any more. He is very loyal to Rodolfo, by challenging Eddie to lift the chair, plays him at his own game, and wins.

  1. What contribution do Marco and Rodolfo make to the dramatic destruction of the Carbone ...

    This raises the question; what would have happened if Marco and Rodolfo had not come to stay with the Carbones? Did they as Alfieri suggests in the prologue ("Bloody course") merely act as a catalyst, were the elements of tragedy already there; Eddies (romantic)

  2. "The tragic hero is one who is neither villainous nor exceptionally virtuous, moving from ...

    Eddie's first comment to Catherine early in the play is about her appearance that she is "Walking wavy". This is directed at her hair, cloths and the way she was walking, like her behaviour is changing and Eddie disagree. It is urge that Eddie has to protect Catherine, to keep her from discovering her independence.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work