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To what extent can the play 'A View from the Bridge' be considered a modern tragedy?

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To what extent can the play 'A View from the Bridge' be considered a modern tragedy? 'A View from the Bridge' by Arthur Miller preformed in 1955 follows many different conventions of a tragedy which are shown in many different forms through speech and action. The story follows a man called Eddie Carbone as he tumbles into a spiral of despair. The main conventions of tragedy are shown in the character Eddie. The relationship Eddie has with other characters is also important in showing conventions of tragedy. His relationship with Catherine shows jealousy and other flaws. Eddie's flaws and mistakes cause his final downfall. At the beginning of the play, 'A View from the Bridge' there are signs of how the play will develop into a tragic story. The first of these signs are in the relationship between Eddie and Catherine. 'I don't like the looks they're givin' you in the candy store. And with them high heels on the sidewalk - click, clack. ...read more.

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Alfieri is the link between the audience and the play this is another convention of a tragedy. He helps explain what is happening in the play. Here he is describing the fact that Eddie's downfall is inevitable and that it has something to do with Catherine. The arrival of Marco and Rodolfo show another convention of tragedy. Eddie starts of as a hero and very popular with his friends and family. Eddie is popular because he has taken in two illegal immigrants and risked himself being caught by the immigration bureau, 'Believe me Eddie, you gotta lotta credit comin' to you'' This shows the high esteem that Eddie has gained for accommodating Marco and Rodolfo. But when Catherine took a liking towards Rodolfo, Eddie illustrated the jealousy he had inside him. When Catherine wears high heels in a way to get noticed by Rodolfo. Eddie shows this flaw again; 'What's the heels for Garbo?' This shows how he is starting to be domineering, but early in the play it still seems that he's saying it in a kind way to her. ...read more.

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Eddie's death follows the classic convention of tragedy as order is once again restored after his death, 'and so I mourn him I admit it- with certain alarm'' Alfieri is describing the reaction of the audience. We expected Eddie's death but are shocked when it actually happens. Eddie's death brings down the final curtain on the play. 'A view from the Bridge' follows the classic conventions of a tragedy in several ways. Firstly, the main theme is Eddie's numerous flaws. These flaws are to do with his jealously and over protectiveness over Catherine. These main flaws are connected to the change in Eddie's character. Eddie becomes more aggressive and an increasingly darker figure. This change in the character is related to the main convention of tragedy, which is the death of Eddie the main character. Eddie is the central character who shows all the typical signs of tragedy. It can also be considered a modern tradegy as the play itself was written in the 1950's and follows issues that can be related to the current time. The final horrific event is the ultimate convention of tragedy. The audience half expects this death, but it is still shocking. ...read more.

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