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The Downfall of Eddie

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The Downfall of Eddie Carbone The setting for a view from the bridge is very simple. There are no scene changes. All that happens is that the light fades on one part of the stage (living room) and comes up on another (street). All there is on the stage is: A living/dining room which has A rocking chair A round dining table Some chairs A phonograph player. The rest of the set consists of Alfierie's law office, a telephone booth and something to represent the street. These are maybe not used until the end but they can show what might or will happen later. The phone booth is the main example of this. It is used only to show Eddie phoning the immigration authorities. But it is there to show the audience what will happen later in the play. It also shows that Eddie has power over Roldolpho and Marco, which is something Eddie strives for through the whole of the play. ...read more.


This is what brings eddies downfall, not letting Catherine grow up. When Rodolpho and Marco arrive Eddie seems to get on quite well with Marco because he thinks that he is much like him but he does not seem to like Rodolopho because he sees that he likes Catherine and subconsciously is scared that she likes him too. This turns out to be true. So Eddie then shuns Rodolpho. But Marco sees this and then with the chair incident threatens him but no with any words. Marco is able to put Eddie I his place for a bit. Lifting a chair up by one leg with one hand on the bottom is quite hard and takes some strength. Marco proves to Eddie that he is stronger than he is. He has almost become an enemy of eddies by now. After Eddie and Rodolphos fight when he and Marco our kicked out, that is when Marco and Eddie become enemies. ...read more.


So he feels that he must bring his own justice upon him He tries to imply justice on Rodolph by legal means; so he goes to Alfieri. Alfiery calmly tells him that Rodolpho has not done anything illegal by proposing to Catherine, and the only thing he has done wrong was the means by which he entered the county. Eddie decides to take it upon himself to get rid of Rodolpho, using whatever it takes. Unfortunately for Marco, he is the innocent victim of Eddies attempt to rid New York of Rodolpho. He quickly realises that Eddie is to blame for the appearance of the immigration officers and get slightly ticked off. He feels that justice need to be brought on him as he "killed his children". If he did something similar in Italy, he would have to pay for the crime in a fight. He comments on America in the prison scene- "I don't understand this country". Eventually he challenges Eddie, but Eddie pulls a knife on him. In the end though, as it is fated to happen, it is Eddie who ends up being killed . ...read more.

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