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What aspects of Eddies personality are revealed by his meetings with Alfieri?

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What aspects of Eddie?s personality are revealed by his meetings with Alfieri? Arthur Miller?s ?A View from the Bridge? presents Eddie Carbone as a working class person living in America, and makes use of the character of Alfieri as the person that has the ?view from the bridge?, the person that can see and have contact with Eddie but cannot intervene with Eddie?s actions, representing the audience?s own viewpoint of Eddie. Alfieri acts as the audience?s guide to Eddie and his personality, revealed through Alfieri?s own narration and the verbal contact Alfieri is able to have with Eddie through his meetings. Eddie?s first meeting with Alfieri is introduced by Alfieri, and explains his relations with Eddie?s family. Alfieri describes Eddie with ?eyes like tunnels, as if he had committed a crime?, indication of the fact that Eddie is facing the problem with Catherine, and does not know what action to take next, as well as the foreboding fate and darkness that will come out due to Eddie?s over protective nature of Catherine. ...read more.


The latter part of his meeting with Alfieri presents a twist in Eddie?s personality it demonstrates the loyalty that exists in Eddie?s personality. Alfieri suggests that the only problem there would be with Rodolfo would be the way in which they entered the country, as Rodolfo and Marco are both illegal immigrants. Eddie immediately steps away from this suggestion, showing that despite being against his family he still has the belief that he should follow the Sicilian code of honour, which would mean protecting his own family no matter what the case may be: ?There?s only one legal question here? Oh, Jesus, no. I wouldn?t do nothin? about that, I mean-? Eddie?s first meeting with Alfieri continues to develop Eddie?s character and begins to show the audience the good natured side of Eddie: ?I worked like a dog twenty years?I took it out of my own mouth to give to her?, allowing the audience to see Eddie as a hardworking person who is trying to do the best for his niece. ...read more.


Alfieri is first to realise as he attempts to stop Eddie, but fails: ?You won?t have a friend in the world, Eddie! Even those who understand will turn against you, even the ones who feel the same will despise you! (Eddie moves off)? The fact that Eddie moves off also shows his ignorance as he is unwilling to accept the inevitable, and tries to do everything to stop it though it is not possible to. Eddie?s meetings with Alfieri highlight Eddie?s personality as hardworking and caring, but also prone to anger and stubborn as he refuses to accept the fact that Catherine has to eventually move away with someone else, and with the baseless accusations against Rodolfo showing the audience a flaw in his personality which potentially could introduce larger problems. The meetings show the gradual change in Eddie as jealousy begins to take over him and Eddie begins to slip away from following the Sicilian code of honour, instead choosing to report his own family rather than protecting them due to his own jealousy. ...read more.

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