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What does Arthur Miller want the audience to think about Eddie Carbone? Base the essay upon your reading of the play as well as referring to the Darlington Civic and BBC Production.

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What does Arthur Miller want the audience to think about Eddie Carbone? Base the essay upon your reading of the play as well as referring to the Darlington Civic and BBC Production. A View From The Bridge is a play about a working class Sicilian man (Eddie Carbone) who has the responsibility of looking after his wife and his wife's niece. Things begin to take a turn for the worse for the character Eddie Carbone as soon as he agrees to take in his wife's illegal immigrant cousins. Things go from the cooking pan to the fire when one of the cousins starts to show fondness of Catherine and vice versa and for reasons to be explained later Eddie becomes more and more unbalanced because of it all. Eddie Carbone is a very ambiguous character, people can interpret his actions in different ways and he can be portrayed by the actor or director (to a certain extent) in a particular way. The author of the play, Arthur Miller, I believe has purposely made Eddie this way to reflect humans and their reactions to unusual situations because human nature, like Eddie Carbone is one of murkiness, neither black nor white, easy to interpret in multiple ways. Eddie Carbone brings out many diverse feelings in people watching him because of his actions and I think that is what Arthur Miller expected and wanted to happen. As Arthur Miller made View From The Bridge a play it gives the actor and director a chance to represent Eddie sympathetically or severely, rational or totally crazy and so on. ...read more.

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From the beginning of the play it is more or less obvious Eddie is doomed to die as Alfieri says so at the beginning/prologue and the BBC production almost makes you want Eddie to meet that particular fate because of how all the way through the play he had become increasingly unstable and starts to scare the audience of his next action, this is a good thing in a way because it makes the ending more believable than the one in the Darlington production as the Eddie in that isn't portrayed as unhinged and makes you kind of dejected when he dies at the end. The BBC production I really believe portrayed Eddie too aggressively to give the character a chance to win the audiences vote of understanding so as soon as the audience caught a glimpse at Eddies bad side that's the side they believed was the real him, so even when he says he doesn't want Catherine to work because she's not ready for the outside world the audience will think that he's saying that for his own perverted self and wants her to stay home with him. Though, in Eddie's conviction a few things must be said, he does try and keep Catherine under his control and to a high extent has done that, she listens to him and gets upset when he doesn't approve of her, in the first scene for example when Catherine tells Eddie about the job offer and he tells her to decline point blank and the stage directions specifically says - (almost in tears because he does not approve) ...read more.

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There was a distinction between the two plays at the end, because when Eddie falters at the phone box in the BBC production he hesitates for a short while but you know, you simply know he is going to call but the Darlington production, you hope, you simply hope he wont, because there is still a slither of possibility he will forget about ringing and return home, which I think is a good thing in the play as it make the audience feel with the play. If I was to produce this play I really think I would make it half way between these two productions for many plausible reasons. I think that the actor in the Darlington production is a better interpretation of the character Eddie Carbone as he more attractive but not too attractive, I like the idea that the audience likes Eddie so I would try and portray him to some extent sympathetically but I believe if he is portrayed too sympathetically the actions he does will seem silly. I would have him become progressively unhinged through his visits to Alfieri and that way his actions will fit how the audience are seeing him. I can conclude that Eddie doesn't realise his feelings for Catherine and if he does he doesn't give in to them well enough, I imagine he sees what he wants to see no matter what and he takes out his pent up aggression for not being able to have Catherine out on the cousins, Marco and Rodolpho. I believe Arthur Miller purposely makes the character Eddie Carbone an ambiguous one as if to represent human nature and its murkiness and how difficult and indefinite it can be to interpret. Katrina Spiteri 11JH ...read more.

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