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"The tragic hero is one who is neither villainous nor exceptionally virtuous, moving from happiness to misery through some family or error in judgement." Is Eddie Carbone a modern tragic hero?

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Coursework Assignment "The tragic hero is one who is neither villainous nor exceptionally virtuous, moving from happiness to misery through some family or error in judgement." Is Eddie Carbone a modern tragic hero? A Greek tragic hero, moves from contentment and happiness to disaster often self-destruction, in which Eddie takes his own life with his own knife is the symbolic of the self-destruction, which led to such on ending. The hero is just on ordinary person with their own weakness which leads them to an error of judgement and also the audience know the outcome, however the psychological process is what has the audience attention. Eddie Carbone is the main central character of the play 'A view from the Bridge'. Eddie lives in the heart of Brooklyn. He lives in a working class neighbourhood, in a standard sized apartment. Eddie is middle-aged man, about in his early forty's. He's married, but has no children of his own. However Eddie has a niece and just treats her like his daughter. Eddie is a simple straightforward man who works on the piers as a longshoreman, which involves a lot of physical work. Eddie Carbone, and his family led a normal life. However Eddie is over-protective of his niece, Catherine. Then tension starts to rise when Beatrice, Eddie's wife, two cousins Marco and Rodolpho came to live from Italy as 'Submarines' then everything got out of hand. We then begin to see another side to Eddie, when he becomes extremely jealous of Rodolpho and Catherine. ...read more.


This was a turning point in Eddie's fate. Eddie should have taken the advice and just let Catherine and Rodolpho get on with their lives, but Eddie did not want to believe that he was going to lose Catherine. Eddie is the man who believes that if someone does something to you, you should go back to him or her and seek revenge. Eddie saw Rodolpho as a threat that he was going to take Catherine from him; so Eddie thought he had to take revenge on Rodolpho. Eddie soon becomes so envious of Rodolpho that he begins to act and say hasty things. This soon leads to Eddie's downfall and finally resulting in death. First, Rodolpho dances with Catherine. Eddie's bitter response; "He sings, he cooks, he could make dresses...I can't cook, I can't sing, I can't make dresses, so I'm on the water front. But if I could cook, if I could sing, if I could make dresses, I wouldn't be on the water front". The stage direction tells us that Eddie has been "twisting the newspaper with force" and the audience senses the tension is about to rise. In the second movement, Eddie tells Rodolpho about boxing matches and offers to teach him to box. After allowing Rodolpho to land some punches, Eddie strikes him harder:' It mildly staggers Rodolpho'. Marco stepped in, but Eddie didn't want to fight him, he was just trying to make Catherine think less of Rodolpho, but if fact he had failed. ...read more.


In this extract we see how Alfieri describes Eddie as an ordinary man also, because much of this is fact, we believe some of the parts, which is opinion. Alfieri, has the role of the choric figure, so he has the job of alerting us to what is going to happen, so Alfieri adds 'Omens and Portents' these are contextual clues or warnings. For example, as Eddie leaves his office after his first visit, Alfieri tells the audience: "There are times when you want to spread an alarm............" Like all tragic plays that focus on the fate of a traffic hero a 'didactic message' (to instruct) is being offered to the audience. 'A view from the Bridge' follows his pattern when Alfieri makes his final speech. "Most of the time we settle for half and I like it better" This line is mention at the beginning and the end of the play to remind the audience of the difference between the Sicilian justice and modern American law. "I will love him more than my sensible clients" This is Alfieri discussing Eddie's relationship, in my opinion he is trying to point out that the both of them have a strong bond and they both trust each other. Also the would both put there lives at risk for one another. In conclusion at the end of the play we see the two women support Eddie, this has the same effect at the beginning of the play as he dies. His own knife the obvious metaphor for his self-destruction that kills him. Aneil Patel ...read more.

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