• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

What imagined world or reality does Eddie seek to uphold in 'A View from the Bridge'?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

´╗┐What imagined world or reality does Eddie seek to uphold? How does he see himself? How does this differ from the actual world of the play? Will Lane Eddie is a character whose quest in search of his ambitions and dreams ended up absorbing his life, and eventually killing him. The arrival of Marco and Rodolfo from Sicily acted as a catalyst because it destabilized Eddie?s control over Catherine as she went out more with Rodolfo and obeyed him less. Eddie became obsessed with of returning to a life where he had ultimate control over Catherine. This obsession is perhaps related to his pent up lust for Catherine that he cannot express because it would be a complete social taboo. Eddie yearns to achieve his dream even though it is unachievable because Catherine is maturing and realizing she does not need him anymore. ...read more.

Middle

of a solution and when that fails, he sees the phone booth as his only option, and one that he felt compelled to take because of his absolute reluctance to compromise. The phone booth gradually glows in the scene where he calls the immigration office. This shows the triumph of Eddie?s desperation to achieve his imagine world over his conscious to do what is proper in society. As the play progresses Eddie becomes more and more manic in search of world that he seeks to uphold. This is not a conscious decision on his behalf but his inability to understand his emotions results in him becoming more fraustrated and in turn, out of control. Arthur miller makes Eddie take two visits to Alfieri throughout the play to show how Eddie?s desperation has progressed. In the first Eddie is anxious, yet composed and manages to string together a cohesive argument that makes the audience sympathize with him. ...read more.

Conclusion

Catherine turns from the girl who (stage direction) ?Strikes a match and holds it to Eddie?s cigar? to the woman who calls him a ?Dirty rat?. This shows as Eddie become more processed by his vision of his family, people turned more and more against him. Arthur miller creates a disjunction between Eddie?s vision of reality and actual reality by making Eddie become more unstable and obsessed with his dream through his speech and actions. His obsession drives him to the point where he no longer cares other people?s opinions of him. This drives him to do things totally unacceptable in the community like the double kiss of Catherine and Rodolfo and calling the immigration bureau. All these actions are rooted from Eddie?s inability to compromise. As Alfieri says at both the beginning and ending of the play, ?Now we settle for half and I like it better. If Eddie had done such a thing, he would not end up dead, and he might have been closer to achieving his vision of his future. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Miscellaneous section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Miscellaneous essays

  1. How does Arthur Miller use techniques to show Eddie's changing relationships

    He is extremely jealous of their relationship, and as a result he says 'Rodolfo. Go inside, will you?' This is a sign of Eddie's desperation of needing Catherine alone. (his patience waning) The stage direction further extends my point on Eddie's need of having Catherine alone.

  2. Through The Tunnel

    Jerry eventually asks if he can go to the wild, rocky bay by himself and she allows it. When jerry returns to the villa and has serious nosebleeds she begins to worry that he might be overdoing the swimming down by the rocky bay.

  1. What aspects of society and culture as depicted in The catcher in the Rye, ...

    Hence this point is connected into one of the reasons he is being kicked out of Pencey, failing 4 out of 5 courses. In one scene Holden goes to his ex-teacher Mr Antolini's house to seek refuge after a return home to see his beloved sister Phoebe, which was interrupted by the arrival of his parents.

  2. A View From the Bridge

    The drama starts off as Eddie is taking control of Catherine; the audience can see that the way in which he holds her back shows Eddie's masculinity, through the Sicilian stereotype and the modern day version. Once Catherine tells Eddie that she has acquired a job, at first Eddie does

  1. What techniques does Miller use to show Eddie(TM)s changing relationships with the other characters ...

    He puffs. Quietly" this stage direction may imply that Eddie gets some odd sense of pleasure from not only Catherine's jest but his response to it. Miller's subtle changes in Eddie's emotional connection to Catherine seem to portray Eddie's character as an unwitting seducer.

  2. Brian Clark the playwrite manipulates the audience to agree with the character Kens point ...

    for acting as if he is going to get better when he knows very well that he is not. Ken just wants the doctors to tell the truth, "Are you ever going to discharge me?" "Well you'll certainly be leaving us soon, I should think."

  1. A view from a bridge

    I believe that the downfall of Eddie is the end of his life. He had too many chances to correct his mistakes and start all over again, hence, bringing up his personal integrity. Miller cleverly uses dramatic Irony to make his audience feel as though they are part of the

  2. A View From The Bridge Essay

    immigrants, brings about jealousy and anger that finally leads to Eddie's own death. He is constantly self-interested, wanting to promote and protect his innocence. In Eddie's world, he imagines protecting Catherine from marriage or any male relationship and wants her for himself.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work