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The Character of Eddie Carbone

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´╗┐Sam Matthews How Does Arthur Miller Present Eddie Carbone In His Play, A View From The Bridge? The character Eddie Carbone is often thought of as a strong Italian Family man while he proves rather heroic to many. His appearance is revealed in the opening scene, when Miller describes him as ?a husky, slightly, overweight longshoremen? suggesting he is rugged and worn due to his practical job. The word husky shows us that he is heavy built and strong which also is used to describe a breed of sled dogs which are strong symbolising Eddie. Miller presents him as an over possessive man who thinks he knows what is best for others, sometimes leading him to become in control of others. Arthur shows us that Eddie is very much for his family and that he loves his family, but we start to realise that the love turns into jealousy which leads to anger and heartache. We see this happen as Eddie?s family life leads to a dramatic downfall motivating the events that make up the play. The events contain the multiple devices used by Arthur Miller which create the build of tension from start to end of A View from the Bridge. Miller creates the tension by the dramatic use of foreshadowing, the use of metaphors, punctuation, and dramatic irony and by basing his play on the tradition of a Greek tragedy. ...read more.

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Eddie tries to test Rodolfo?s masculinity, he tells Rodolfo to land a blow at him. Eddie hits Rodolfo with power that makes him stagger to the floor. Catherine tends to Rodolfo to help him up and comfort him. Rodolfo then begun to realise this was one of Eddie?s tries to isolate them, but Rodolfo is stronger than that. He beckons Catherine and invites her to dance, taking her fully in his arms. Marco is more than confident to show Eddie that he is not the strongest, so he placed a chair directly in front of Eddie and asks if he can elevate it by holding one leg. Eddie says, ?Gee, that?s hard, I never knew that.? He repeats trying to lift it, but once again he fails. Marco then tries to lift the chair and successfully gets it up high above his head whilst the family are watching. While Eddie laughs and congratulates Marco, Marco frowns proving that he is certainly stronger which tells Eddie that if he messes with Rodolfo again Marco will assist his brother and beat Eddie. The family see the build of tension as Eddie notices the look on Marco?s face as he wipes the smile away. Rodolfo started singing for Catherine, but Eddie intercepted him when he says ?Hey kid ? hey, wait a minute ??showing that he?s surprised and also suggests that Eddie thinks it is not masculine for a guy to be singing. ...read more.

Conclusion

Anger is shown multiple times with the use of punctuation such as exclamation marks. When Alfieri says to him, ?She can?t marry you can she?? Eddie infuriately responds, ?I don?t know what the hell you?re talkin? about!? Also when Beatrice screams at him, ?You want somethin? else, Eddie, and you can never have her!? These words got Eddie so angry they could have been the words that lead to his death. This was probably Eddie?s biggest problem. He just couldn?t face the truths that made him lie resulting in his crashing downfall. I think the way Arthur Miller presents the character Eddie Carbone allows the audience to understand the message far easier. Eddie shows what can happen if you allow yourself to be too known. Really there are desires and secrets that are best to be kept to you in order for the protection of others that is. And this is explained in the ending when Alfieri said, ?most of the time we settle for half and I like it better.? This means that you should compromise and allow justice, be fair and don?t be greedy. Also I think that the play teaches you about the psychology of relationships and that you shouldn?t betray your friends which Eddie did and look where he ended up. But there is a side to me that does feel sympathy for Eddie as it can become quite hard to release a daughter figure into the open world, especially when it comes as sudden as it did. ...read more.

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