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To what extent can we sympathise with Eddie and to what extent do we despise him?

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"A View from the bridge" To what extent can we sympathise with Eddie And to what extent do we despise him? "A View from the Bridge," is a play by Arthur Miller. The scene is down town New York along the fore shore and involves Eddie Carbone, an Italian Longshoreman, his wife Beatrice and her niece Catherine. When his wife's cousins, Marco and Rodolfo, seek refuge as illegal immigrants from Sicily, Eddie agrees to shelter them. Trouble begins, as his wife's niece Catherine, is attracted to Rodolfo. Eddie's baffled jealousy culminates in an unforgivable crime against his family and the Sicilian community. It is Eddie Carbone, who is identified by Alfieri as the hero of this particular tragedy, however the hero has a character fault, this draws him inevitably to tragedy. There are many different sides to Eddie's personality; he has good, bad, admirable as well as hateful qualities. During this play, we see these different sides of him through the way he interacts with his family. ...read more.


Catherine rapidly becomes attracted toward Rodolfo; this makes Eddie increasingly sensitive to the presence of Rodolfo. Beatrice, Eddie's wife is aware of a deeper, more disturbing reason for Eddie's over protectiveness toward Catherine. She is able initially, to persuade him to allow Catherine to start work. It is still clear that she is unhappy about Eddie's attitude toward his niece. The physical, sexual part of the Carbones' marriage has broken down, Beatrice asks Eddie: "When am I gonna be a wife again Eddie?" This shows her feelings for Eddie and their relationship, she wants Eddie to love her and treat her right. Despite her efforts to confront Eddie over this, Beatrice is unable to make changes. Eddie's obsession with Catherine is something he is not able to understand; therefore he focuses his frustration and anger about this upon Rodolfo. Eddie believes that Rodolfo could be gay, due to the fact that he sings on the boat, has blond hair and has no responsibilities; he also has a more lighthearted attitude to life. ...read more.


He lets nothing get in his way; he gets hold of a knife and holds it ready to stab Marco; "Eddie springs a knife into his hand and Marco steps back." Marco appears horrified at this over-the-top action from Eddie however Marco turns the blade inwards and stabs Eddie whilst shouting; "Anima-a-a-l!" This shows Marco's feelings for Eddie, however it also sums up pretty well my feelings and a lot of the other character's feelings for Eddie. From all of this evidence I can see that my very first impression of Eddie Carbone has changed dramatically. Although it looked like Eddie was trying to protect Catherine in the beginning, his obsession began to show, cracks were forming in Eddie's ability to cope as well as in his relationship with Beatrice and Catherine, Marco and Rodolfo. Eddie is very quick to judge people by how they look this over perceptiveness lands Eddie in a lot of trouble. The audience pick up on this and the other points I have mentioned, this makes the audience despise Eddie to a greater extent than they can sympathise with him. ...read more.

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