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Subject : How does Eddie Carbone brings fate upon himself? Many immigrants saw America as a land of opportunities, "golden land

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Tayyeba Shoaib The view from the bridge By: Arthur Miller Subject : How does Eddie Carbone brings fate upon himself? Many immigrants saw America as a land of opportunities, "golden land". For these migrants America provided everything, which their native countries couldn't offer them. It was a break from poverty and constant starvation. They all came to find their fortune, but what they found were barriers to good paying jobs because of language and culture. For all immigrants, it was difficult to adapt, or assimilate. Many immigrants, mostly males, came to America to earn money instead of settling and beginning a new life. However, as time passed the urge to return to their countries became less powerful. A few did return home, but it was usually just to get married or to visit. As time went by more and more decided to remain in America, the number of women and children that immigrated increased. As a result, the image of foreign speaking families became more common in 19th-century America. Italy was one of the countries from where lot of people migrated to America, attracted to successful life and future in America. Italy was one of the leading countries from where migrants were coming. In only between 1850 and 1930 millions of Italians left Italy to go to the USA. ...read more.


'that's a nice kid? He gives me heeby-jeebies' To stop her niece developing any feelings for Rodolfo, Eddie tells her that he just wants to marry her to become an American citizen, "he is only bowin' to his passport". But she doesn't heed him. Rodolpho develops a reputation at the docks for being quite a joker, which makes Eddie further frustrated and embarrassed. Beatrice becomes more and more aware of the attention that Eddie gives to Catherine. She advises Catherine to grow up, become a woman and make her own decisions. She promotes Catherine to get married to Rodolpho if that is what she has in mind. Beatrice is the first one, who actually confirms reader's views about Eddie's unusual love towards his niece, "You want somethin' else, Eddie, and you can never have her!" Until this moment, no one has directly spoken about Eddie's feelings for Catherine. Although they are obviously known by Beatrice and Alfieri, (the narrator of the story), no one has dared to actually tell Eddie what is wrong with him. But even when Eddie realise that his actual problem is his love towards his neice, he is powerless to hold back. Alfieri himself narrates that Eddie is possessed with, "passion that has moved into his body, like a stranger," and was unable to control it. ...read more.


Eddie does not actually realize his feeling for Catherine because he has alternatively made an imaginary world to exist with in, and to hide his feelings. This is the thing, which actually destroys Eddie's true inner self, and causes him to act out of character. As he has no outlet for his feelings and emotions-even in his own conscious mind-Eddie transfers his energy to hatred towards Marco and Rodolpho, which causes him to act completely irrationally. Eddie's final need to secure or regain his good name from Marco is a result of Eddie's failure to protect Catherine from Rodolpho. Eddie fails in his life, but seeks salvation and victory in death. By avenging Marco, Eddie believes he will regain his pride in the community-another entirely self-interested act. Eddie escaped restraint because he got away by all thoughts of other people or the community at large. Eddie's "wholeness" is a whole interest in him. Eddie's tragic defect is the constructed world he exists within, but is unable to escape or realise. His "wholeness" is a thing that even Alfieri respects, as when he says: "he allowed himself to be wholly known and for that I think I will love him" But Alfieri also describes that you cannot always have your own way, it's sometimes better to settle for the half, "most of the times now we settle for half and I like it better". ...read more.

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